12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
subway:  30​min
2
Urayasu
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Montreal

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
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.
On the 28th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then stroll through Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then make a trip to Tokyo Tower, and finally get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, then see the interesting displays at The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures, and finally get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo sightseeing planner.

Montreal, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. Traveling from Montreal in October, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°C and 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to take a subway to Urayasu.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Urayasu

Urayasu ©
A city lying on Tokyo Bay, Urayasu used to stand separate from the giant metropolis next door, but now, even though it belongs to another prefecture, it seems part of the capital.
Tokyo DisneySea has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): stop by Bon Voyage, discover the magic at Tokyo DisneySea, then buy something for everyone on your list at Ikspiari, and finally contemplate the long history of Seiryu Shrine.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Urayasu travel route planner .

Urayasu is just a stone's throw from Tokyo. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Urayasu

Theme Parks Shopping Historic Sites
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Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Bon Voyage ©
Bon Voyage
Ikspiari ©
Ikspiari

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 31st (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and then make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then take an in-depth tour of Hakone Shrine Homotsuden, and finally take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi road trip website .

Traveling by train from Urayasu to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Urayasu in October; daily highs in Hakone-machi reach 19°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley

3
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Step out of Kyoto to go to Nara and see Todai-ji Temple, which is approximately 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kyoto sightseeing planner .

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Kyoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in November, you will find days in Kyoto are somewhat warmer (19°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum and then make a trip to Shibuya Crossing.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip builder .

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Shibuya Crossing ©
Shibuya Crossing

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