17 days in Tokyo, Hakone-machi & Kyoto Itinerary

17 days in Tokyo, Hakone-machi & Kyoto Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan itinerary planner

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 8 nights
Train to Tokyo Narita, Fly to Dallas/Ft.Worth

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Tokyo

— 5 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Gotokuji Temple, Robot Restaurant, Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku, and other attractions. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo sightseeing planner.

Dallas, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Dallas to Tokyo. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Dallas in April; daily highs in Tokyo reach 67°F and lows reach 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping · Historic Sites · Nightlife · Neighborhoods

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 the 18th (Sat), explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hakone Shrine. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Owakudani Kurotamago Kan, then make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, then take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, and finally trek along Hakone Stoneā€paved Road.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hakone-machi holiday website.

You can drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in April: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 55°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Kyoto

— 8 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tofuku-ji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Himeji (Koko-en & Himeji Castle), Daimaru Museum Umeda (in Osaka) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary website.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Kyoto by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or fly. Traveling from Hakone-machi in April, you will find days in Kyoto are somewhat warmer (67°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

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