18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Drive:  1 h 30 min
1
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Koshu
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Nikko
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Tokyo
— 9 nights
End: Tokyo

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, kick back and relax at Atami Sun Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izusan Jinja Shrine. Keep things going the next day: revel in the low prices at Gotemba Premium Outlets, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hakone-machi trip itinerary maker app .

Tokyo to Hakone-machi is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in November, Hakone-machi is a bit warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Atami, Gotemba Premium Outlets
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Atami Sun Beach ©
Atami Sun Beach
Izusan Jinja Shrine ©
Izusan Jinja Shrine
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

2
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): pick up some local products at Ono Orchid & Orchard Garden, sample the tasty concoctions at Ide Sake Brewery, and then admire the masterpieces at Kawaguchiko Music Forest. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Okuniwa Nature Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in November, expect Fujikawaguchiko-machi to be a bit cooler, temps between 13°C and 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Koshu.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Breweries & Distilleries Shopping

Side Trips

Ono Orchid & Orchard Garden, Okuniwa Nature Park
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Okuniwa Nature Park ©
Okuniwa Nature Park
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum ©
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum
Ide Sake Brewery ©
Ide Sake Brewery

2
nights
Koshu

Koshu ©
On the 6th (Tue), head outdoors with Daibsatsrei, look for gifts at Kurambon Wine, then learn about winemaking at Marufuji Winery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokoji Temple. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Marquis Wine, take in breathtaking views at Nishizawa Canyon, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Erin-ji Temple.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Koshu online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Koshu takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Koshu

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Nishizawa Valley
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Nishizawa Valley ©
Nishizawa Valley
Marufuji Winery ©
Marufuji Winery
Kurambon Wine ©
Kurambon Wine

2
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Ryuzu Waterfall, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Nantai, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takinoo Shrine.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nikko sightseeing planning tool .

Traveling by car from Koshu to Nikko takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Baths Spas Parks
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Ryuzu Waterfall ©
Ryuzu Waterfall
Mt. Nantai ©
Mt. Nantai
Onsen Resorts

9
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ueno and Kitchen Town (Kappabashi). Visiting Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Tokyo Dome City will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Hase-dera Temple (in Kamakura), Tama Zoological Park (in Hino) and Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Ginza, laugh and play at Kamogawa SeaWorld, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo vacation planning tool .

Traveling by car from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daytime highs in Tokyo are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Neighborhoods Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Enoshima Island, Mt. Takao, Hase-dera Temple, Kamogawa Sea World, Tama Zoological Park
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Ueno ©
Ueno
Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

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