16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kyoto
— 5 nights
2
Nara
— 2 nights
3
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
4
Tokyo
— 5 nights

5
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and visit Arashiyama.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto road trip website.

New Orleans, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 15 hour difference. When traveling from New Orleans in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around °F, while nights are little chillier with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Daibutsuden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Todai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, thenwalk around Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Byodoin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daitokuji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jindoji Temple, explore the activities along Saho River, thensee the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nara online trip builder.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October in Nara, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Daitokuji Temple, Jindoji Temple, Byodoin
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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 18th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), thencontemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, thenexplore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and finally stop by Sengokuhara. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, thentake some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, and then laugh and play at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi journey planner.

Drive from Nara to Hakone-machi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Nara in October, with highs in Hakone-machi at °F and lows at °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Theme Parks Baths Spas
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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)

5
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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Kōtoku-in in Kamakura--about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Tokyo National Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo journey builder website.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Hakone-machi in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Tokyo Disneyland, Kōtoku-in
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owlcafe akibafukurou ©
owlcafe akibafukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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