16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train to Iiyama, Taxi to Yamanouchi-machi
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Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
Taxi to Iiyama, Train to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Tokyo

— 2 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.
On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Ginza, walk around Yoyogi Park, then ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and finally examine the collection at Samurai Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Tokyo day trip site.

Rochester, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. In December, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Rochester - with highs of 54°F and lows of 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

Yamanouchi-machi

— 2 nights
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
On the 30th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Yamanouchi-machi trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Tokyo in December, expect Yamanouchi-machi to be little chillier, temps between 43°F and 32°F. On the 1st (Sat), you're off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Wildlife · Spas · Baths

Kyoto

— 5 nights
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.
Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Kyoto takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Kyoto: highs are around 48°F and lows about 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Hakone-machi

— 2 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Little Prince Museum, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then take in nature's colorful creations at Atami Plum Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinomiya Shrine, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Itokawa Path.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hakone-machi trip builder site.

Fly from Kyoto to Hakone-machi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in January: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 40°F, while lows dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 3 nights
Explore Tokyo further: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in January, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 35°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.