14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Quito
Fly:  26​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Nikko
— Few hours
train:  5​h
3
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  30​min
4
Himeji
— Few hours
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Hatsukaichi
— Few hours
train:  3​h
6
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  2​h
7
Koya-cho
— Few hours
train:  2​h
8
Osaka
— Few hours
train:  1​h
9
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
10
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
11
Gotemba
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
12
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Quito

1
night
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.
To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel itinerary planner .

Quito, Ecuador to Tokyo is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Quito to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

few
hours
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura. On the 26th (Sat), get in on the family fun at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nikko trip planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in October, you will find days in Nikko are little chillier (22°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Nikko

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura ©
Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura

1
night
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
You've now added Dotonbori to your itinerary. On the 26th (Sat), wander the streets of Dotonbori.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Osaka journey website .

Getting from Nikko to Osaka by train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Nikko in October, expect nights in Osaka to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

few
hours
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Koko-en Garden as well as Himeji Castle. On the 27th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle and then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Himeji road trip planning app .

Getting from Osaka to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Himeji are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Sun) before leaving for Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden

few
hours
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Itsukushima Shrine, Mt. Misen and Miyajima. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): head off the coast to Miyajima, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Misen, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hatsukaichi trip builder tool .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hatsukaichi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Hatsukaichi, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Mt. Misen ©
Mt. Misen

1
night
Osaka

Osaka ©
Ebisu Bridge has been added to your itinerary. On the 27th (Sun), take in the views from Ebisu Bridge.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka road trip planning tool .

Take a train from Hatsukaichi to Osaka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Koya-cho.
Highlights from your plan
Ebisu Bridge ©
Ebisu Bridge

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hours
Koya-cho

Koya-cho
Koyasan Okunoin has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Okunoin.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Koya-cho tour itinerary maker tool .

Take a train from Osaka to Koya-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. On the 28th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites

few
hours
Osaka

Osaka ©
Nipponbashi Denden Town has been added to your itinerary. On the 28th (Mon), wander the streets of Nipponbashi Denden Town.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka travel route planner .

Traveling by train from Koya-cho to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Nipponbashi Denden Town ©
Nipponbashi Denden Town

2
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.
You've added Okochi Sanso Garden, Arashiyama, Daikaku-ji, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Gion.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto tour planner .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Owaku-dani Valley, Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu and Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum. Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, hike along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, and finally don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hakone-machi planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hakone-machi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Kyoto in October, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 19°C. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Gotemba.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley
Hakone Ropeway ©
Hakone Ropeway

few
hours
Gotemba

Gotemba ©
Trips to Gotemba, a city at the foot of Mount Fuji, offer plenty of opportunities to admire Japan's most famous natural feature.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): revel in the low prices at Gotemba Premium Outlets.

Plan a Gotemba trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Gotemba is just a stone's throw from Hakone-machi. In October, daily temperatures in Gotemba can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Gotemba

Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Gotemba Premium Outlets ©
Gotemba Premium Outlets

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nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You've added Pokemon Mega Center Tokyo, Sugamo, Square Enix Cafe, and other attractions to your itinerary. Enjoy Tokyo some more: get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take a stroll through Akihabara, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Gotemba to Tokyo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Gotemba in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 18°C at night. On the 4th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Highlights from your plan
Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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