15 days in Hakone-machi, Nagano & Tokyo Itinerary

15 days in Hakone-machi, Nagano & Tokyo Itinerary

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15 days in Hakone-machi, Nagano & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + Drive:  21​h 45​min
1
Hakone-machi
— 5 nights
Train:  3​h 15​min
2
Nagano
— 5 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
3
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Houston

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hakone-machi side-trips: Lake Kawaguchi (in Fujikawaguchiko-machi), Gotemba Premium Outlets (in Gotemba) and Fuji-Q Highland (in Fujiyoshida). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, enjoy breathtaking views from Tenkakudai, and make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi road trip website .

Houston, USA to Hakone-machi is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Hakone-machi is 15 hours. When traveling from Houston in June, plan for cooler days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 68°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Nagano.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Fuji-Q Highland, Mount Fuji, Mikuni Toge Observatory, Gotemba Premium Outlets, Lake Kawaguchi
Highlights from your plan
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

5
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagano: Karuizawa-machi (Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori, Karuizawa prince shopping plaza, & more), Kusatsu-machi (Yubatake & Onsen Resorts) and Asama Otaki Fall (in Naganohara-machi). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Art Museum, make a trip to Togakushi Shrine Chusha, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Nagano tour planner .

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Nagano takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in June: highs in Nagano hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Karuizawa-machi, Kusatsu-machi, Matsumoto, Daio Wasabi Farm, Asama Otaki Fall
Highlights from your plan
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip maker tool .

Traveling by train from Nagano to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Tokyo sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 67°F at night. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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