16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Shinkansen:  30​min
2
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Shinkansen:  3​h
3
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  1​h
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 5 nights
End: Tokyo

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Roppongi, Ginza and Tsukiji Nippon Fish Port Market. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Odaiba, stop by Stockplus, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo City View Observation Deck (Roppongihills).

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in December, and nighttime lows around 39°F. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Mon) before leaving for Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Theme Parks

Side Trips

Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Tokyo DisneySea
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Ginza ©
Ginza

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hakone Venetian Glass Museum, Gora Park and Odawara Castle. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Odawara Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then get great views at Hakone Ropeway, and finally examine the collection at Hakone Venetian Glass Museum. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Gora Park, then admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and then laugh and play at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 45°F by day to 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Baths Theme Parks Spas

Side Trip

Odawara Castle
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Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Osaka online trip planner .

You can fly from Hakone-machi to Osaka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Osaka, ranging from highs of 52°F to lows of 39°F. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Thu) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Tenzan no Yu, Nara Park, Philosopher's Walk, and other attractions. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary builder .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hozugawa River Boat Ride, Nara Park
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

5
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku as well as Club Camelot. Explore Tokyo further: don't miss a visit to Imperial Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at Rikugien Garden, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ueno Zoo, and appreciate the history behind Hachiko.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Nightlife Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Club Camelot ©
Club Camelot
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace
Shibuya Crossing ©
Shibuya Crossing

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