16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Drive to Yokohama
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Yokohama
— 1 night
Fly
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Osaka
— 1 night
Drive
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Nara
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto
— 1 night
Drive
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Nakatsugawa
— 1 night
Drive
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Chichibu
— 1 night
Drive
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Fujiyoshida
— 1 night
Drive
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Atami
— 1 night
Train
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kawagoe
— 1 night
Drive
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Ashikaga
— 1 night
Drive
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Ishioka
— 1 night
Drive to Narita International Airport, Fly to Santa Maria

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Yokohama

— 1 night
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Yokohama Municipal Nogeyama Zoo, take a stroll through Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, meet the residents at Yokohama Zoo ''Zoorasia'', then make a trip to NYK Hikawamaru, then stroll around Yamashita Park, and finally take in the waterfront at Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Yokohama trip itinerary site.

Santa Maria, USA to Yokohama is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 17 hours. Traveling from Santa Maria in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Yokohama, with lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Osaka.

Things to do in Yokohama

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Osaka

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): wander the streets of Dotombori District and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Yokohama to Osaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and train; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Nara

— 1 night

Ancient City

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 12th (Sat): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then walk around Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Nara trip maker website.

Drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daytime highs in Nara are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Kyoto

— 1 night
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.
On the 13th (Sun), make a trip to Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Nara to Kyoto by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Nara in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 67°F in Kyoto. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nakatsugawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites

Nakatsugawa

— 1 night
Nakatsugawa is a city located in the Tōnō region of Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Naegi Castle Ruins, examine the collection at Tsuchimaya Museum, take an in-depth tour of Shimizuya Shiryokan, trek along Nakasendo Magome-juku, then contemplate the long history of Masugata Waterwheel, and finally hike along Nakasendo Tsumagojuku.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Nakatsugawa trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nakatsugawa in 3 hours. While traveling from Kyoto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nakatsugawa, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Chichibu.

Things to do in Nakatsugawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Chichibu

— 1 night
A little rural reprieve not far from the capital, the city of Chichibu draws visitors with its vibrant landscape and pleasant, low-key urban attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chichibu Shrine, then contemplate the waterfront views at Ochigawa Valley, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitsumine Shrine, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Mitsumine.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Chichibu trip planner.

You can drive from Nakatsugawa to Chichibu in 4.5 hours. In June in Chichibu, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Chichibu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Fujiyoshida

— 1 night
A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Sangen Jaya Historic Site, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine, admire the sheer force of Kaneyama Waterfall, then find something for the whole family at La Ville de Gaspard Et Lisa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, and finally make a trip to Chureito Pagoda.

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Traveling by car from Chichibu to Fujiyoshida takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. When traveling from Chichibu in June, plan for slightly colder days in Fujiyoshida, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Atami.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Nature

Atami

— 1 night
With Atami's relative proximity to the nation's capital, this beach resort town draws its fair share of visitors--though holidays in Atami are not just a matter of convenience.
On the 17th (Thu), make a trip to Kiunkaku, kick back and relax at Atami Sun Beach, then take in nature's colorful creations at Akao Herb and Rose Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinomiya Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Izusan Jinja Shrine.

For more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Atami trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Fujiyoshida to Atami takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Atami

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Tokyo

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to KidZania Tokyo and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Arona Spa, snap pictures at Rainbow Bridge, admire the masterpieces at teamLab☆Planets, and stroll around Arisugawa-no-miya Memorial Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

You can take a train from Atami to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Atami in June: highs in Tokyo hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kawagoe.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Kawagoe

— 1 night

Little Edo

Situated just outside of Tokyo, Kawagoe entices visitors with its historic, Edo period architecture, reminiscent of a Japan of the past.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitain, then make a trip to Renkeiji Temple, and finally admire the masterpieces at Yamazaki Art Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kawagoe journey builder app.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Kawagoe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in June, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Ashikaga.

Things to do in Kawagoe

Historic Sites · Museums

Ashikaga

— 1 night
Ashikaga is a city located in Tochigi Prefecture, in the northern Kantō region of Japan. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Sengen, admire the natural beauty at Ashikaga Flower Park, then make a trip to Nagusa Itsukushima Shrine, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Senningatake.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ashikaga travel planner.

Traveling by car from Kawagoe to Ashikaga takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Kawagoe in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 70°F in Ashikaga. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ishioka.

Things to do in Ashikaga

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Ishioka

— 1 night
Ishioka is a city located in Ibaraki Prefecture, in the northern Kantō region of Japan. On the 23rd (Wed), experience rural life at Ostrich Kingdom Ishioka Farm, steep yourself in history at Ishioka no Jinyamon, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shoko-ji Temple, then steep yourself in history at Hisamatsu Shoten, and finally contemplate the long history of Jushichiya Hakimonoten.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ishioka tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ashikaga to Ishioka takes 2 hours. Traveling from Ashikaga in June, Ishioka is a bit cooler at night with lows of 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishioka

Historic Sites

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.

Nara Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Parks · Monuments
Nara Prefecture is a prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan. The capital is the city of Nara. Nara Prefecture has the distinction of having more UNESCO World Heritage Listings than any other prefecture.HistoryNara Prefecture region is considered one of the oldest regions in Japan spanning thousands of years. The present-day Nara Prefecture as it exists now officially was created in 1887, making it independent of Osaka Prefecture.Historically, Nara Prefecture was also known as Yamato-no-kuni or Yamato Province.Up to Nara PeriodIt is certain that there was a political force established at the foot of Mount Miwa in the east of Nara Basin, seeking unification of most parts in Japan from the third century until the fourth century, though the process was not well documented. At the dawn of history, Yamato was clearly the political center of Japan.Ancient capitals of Japan were built on the land of Nara, namely Asuka-kyō, Fujiwara-kyō (694–710) and Heijō-kyō (most of 710–784). The capital cities of Fujiwara and Heijō are believed to have been modeled after Chinese capitals at the time, incorporating grid layout patterns. The royal court also established relations with Sui and then Tang Dynasty China and sent students to the Middle Kingdom to learn high civilization. By 7th century, Nara accepted the many immigrants including refugees of Baekje who had escaped from war disturbances of the southern part of the Korean peninsula. The first high civilization with royal patronage of Buddhism flourished in today's Nara city (710–784 AD).

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Kyoto Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Castles
Kyoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan in the Kansai region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Kyoto.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Kyoto Prefecture was known as Yamashiro.For most of its history, the city of Kyoto was Japan's Imperial capital. The city's history can be traced back as far as the 6th century. In 544, the Aoi Matsuri was held in Kyoto to pray for good harvest and good weather.Kyoto did not start out as Japan's capital. A noteworthy earlier capital was Nara. In 741, Emperor Shōmu moved the capital briefly to Kuni-kyo, between the cities of Nara and Kyoto, in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 784, the capital was moved to Nagaokakyō, also in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 794, Emperor Kanmu moved the capital to Heian-kyo, and this was the beginning of the current-day city of Kyoto. Even today, almost all of the streets, houses, stores, temples and shrines in Kyoto exist where they were placed in this year.Although in 1192 real political power shifted to Kamakura, where a samurai clan established the shogunate, Kyoto remained the imperial capital as the powerless emperors and their court continued to be seated in the city. Imperial rule was briefly restored in 1333, but another samurai clan established a new shogunate in Kyoto three years later.

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