11 days in Kanto & Shizuoka Prefecture Itinerary

11 days in Kanto & Shizuoka Prefecture Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saitama
— 1 night
Drive
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Mito
— 1 night
Drive
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Yokohama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Hamamatsu
— 1 night
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Tokyo

— 4 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 40 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo day trip app.

Manila, Philippines to Tokyo is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Philippine Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Manila in January: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saitama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Saitama

— 1 night
Though a fairly large city in its own right, Saitama has become known primarily for its proximity to the capital, Tokyo.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): make a trip to Hikawa no Mori Culture Hall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine, get to know the resident critters at Omiya Park Zoo, then don't miss a visit to Jionji Temple Genju Tower, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Musashidai Rokuten Shrine.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Saitama holiday planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Saitama in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In January, daytime highs in Saitama are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Mito.

Things to do in Saitama

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Mito

— 1 night
Quaint and historic, Mito serves as the capital of Ibaraki Prefecture, once a castle town and stronghold for the Edo-period Mito clan.
On the 22nd (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Semba Boadwalk, contemplate the long history of Mito Hachimangu Shrine, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kodokan Park, then let the kids burn off some steam at Hitachi Seaside Park, and finally make a trip to Mori no Chevre Plaza.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Mito trip tool.

Traveling by car from Saitama to Mito takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Saitama in January, expect slightly colder with lows of -3°C in Mito. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Yokohama.

Things to do in Mito

Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Yokohama

— 2 nights
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, make a trip to Kōtoku-in, then steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple Kannondo, and finally look for gifts at Nugoo, Ninotorii. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Kawasaki Daishi, get to know the fascinating history of Sankeien Gardens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iseyama Kotai Shrine, then visit Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, and finally wander the streets of Yokohama Chinatown.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Yokohama trip planning tool.

Getting from Mito to Yokohama by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Mito in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Yokohama, with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Hakone-machi

— 1 night
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): get great views at Hakone Ropeway, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko, then steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Yokohama to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of subway, train, and bus. When traveling from Yokohama in January, plan for slightly colder days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 5°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hamamatsu.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Hamamatsu

— 1 night

City of Music

An important industrial hub with a sizable immigrant population from South America, Hamamatsu has developed a taste for international cuisine and arts.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Hamamatsu City Regional Heritage Center, then experience rural life at Maruu Toyama Farm, and then explore the historical opulence of Hamamatsu Castle Tower Gate.

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Drive from Hakone-machi to Hamamatsu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Hamamatsu, ranging from highs of 10°C to lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Hamamatsu

Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your trip

Kanto travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Nearly synonymous with Tokyo and its suburban sprawl, the region of Kanto encompasses many historical sites, hot springs, semitropical islands, and picturesque mountains. Predictably, most tours of Kanto begin and end in Tokyo, which serves as an ideal base for day trips to nearby national parks, ancient temples, and grand monuments reminding visitors of Japan's shogun era. During feudal times, Kanto reigned as the center of political and military power; today, the area represents one of the country's tourism hubs. As you plan your Kanto itinerary, be sure to include a stop in Kamakura, a small temple town filled with notable cultural treasures.

Saitama Prefecture travel guide

3.8
Sacred & Religious Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Saitama Prefecture is a landlocked prefecture of Japan located in the Kantō region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Saitama.This prefecture is part of the Greater Tokyo Area, and most of Saitama's cities can be described as suburbs of Tokyo, to which a large number of residents commute each day.HistoryAccording to Sendai Kuji Hongi, Chichibu was one of 137 provinces during the reign of Emperor Sujin. Chichibu Province was in western Saitama.Saitama Prefecture was formerly part of the old Musashi Province.In the fifth year of the Keiun era, deposits of copper were reported to have been found in the Chichibu District of what is now Saitama Prefecture.The Saitama area was historically known as a fertile agricultural region which produced much of the food for the Kantō region. During the Edo period, many fudai daimyōs ruled small domains within the Saitama area.After World War II, as Tokyo expanded rapidly and modern transportation allowed longer commutes, the lack of available land in Tokyo led to the rapid development of Saitama Prefecture, where the population has nearly tripled since 1960. Most of the cities in the prefecture are closely connected to downtown Tokyo by metropolitan rail, and operate largely as residential and commercial suburbs of Tokyo.

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Ibaraki Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Playgrounds · Landmarks
Ibaraki Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan, located in the Kantō region on the main island of Honshu. The capital is Mito.HistoryIbaraki Prefecture was previously known as Hitachi Province. In 1871, the name of the province became Ibaraki.

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Kanagawa Prefecture travel guide

4.1
Sacred & Religious Sites · Parks · Historic Sites
Kanagawa Prefecture is a prefecture located in southern Kantō region of Japan. The capital of the prefecture is Yokohama. Kanagawa is part of the Greater Tokyo Area. Kanagawa Prefecture is home to Kamakura and Hakone, two highly popular side trip destinations from Tokyo.HistoryThe prefecture has some archaeological sites going back to the Jōmon period (around 400 BCE). About 3,000 years ago, Mount Hakone produced a volcanic explosion which resulted in Lake Ashi on the western area of the prefecture.It is believed that the Yamato dynasty ruled this area from the 5th century onwards. In the ancient era, its plains were very sparsely inhabited.In medieval Japan, Kanagawa was part of the provinces of Sagami and Musashi. Kamakura in central Sagami was the capital of Japan during the Kamakura period (1185–1333).During the Edo period, the western part of Sagami Province was governed by the daimyō of Odawara Castle, while the eastern part was directly governed by the Tokugawa shogunate in Edo (Tokyo).

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Shizuoka Prefecture travel guide

3.7
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Shizuoka Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region of Honshu. The capital is the city of Shizuoka, while Hamamatsu is the largest city by population.HistoryShizuoka Prefecture was formed from the former Tōtōmi, Suruga and Izu provinces.The area was the home of the first Tokugawa Shogun. Tokugawa Ieyasu held the region until he conquered the lands of the Hōjō clan in the Kantō region and placed land under the stewardship of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. After becoming shogun, Tokugawa took the land back for his family and put the area around modern-day Shizuoka city under the direct supervision of the shogunate. With the creation of Shizuoka han in 1868, it once again became the residence of the Tokugawa family.GeographyShizuoka Prefecture is an elongated region following the coast of the Pacific Ocean at the Suruga Bay. In the west, the prefecture extends deep into the Japan Alps. In the east, it becomes a narrower coast bounded in the north by Mount Fuji, until it comes to the Izu Peninsula, a popular resort area pointing south into the Pacific.

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