19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Karuizawa-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Koya-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly
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Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 1 night

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and wander the streets of Akihabara.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo online trip itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. November in Tokyo sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

1
night
Karuizawa-machi

The only city in the world to have hosted both summer and winter Olympics, the resort town of Karuizawa-machi boasts clean air, impressive mountain scenery, and many outdoor activities and hot springs.
For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Karuizawa-machi trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Tokyo to Karuizawa-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in November; daily highs in Karuizawa-machi reach 54°F and lows reach 42°F. You'll set off for Hakone-machi on the 10th (Wed).

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

1
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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 10th (Wed): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, get great views at Hakone Ropeway, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakone Moto Tsumiya Shrine.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Karuizawa-machi to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Karuizawa-machi in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 50°F in Hakone-machi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

3
nights
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: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, stop by Gion, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto journey maker website.

Drive from Hakone-machi to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or fly. When traveling from Hakone-machi in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 62°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

1
night
Koya-cho

On the 14th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Koyasan Daimon, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, then steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Daishi Kyokai. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Torodo Temple, stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jofukuin Temple, don't miss a visit to Koyasan Station, then examine the collection at Koyasan Reihokan Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joju-in Temple.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Koya-cho day trip app.

Getting from Kyoto to Koya-cho by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. November in Koya-cho sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more) and Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner.

You can drive from Koya-cho to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Osaka when traveling from Koya-cho in November, with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Sapporo

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, get great views at Sapporo TV Tower, then stop by Susukino, then take in the architecture and design of Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, and finally hit the slopes at Okurayama Lookout.

Find out how to plan Sapporo trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can fly from Osaka to Sapporo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Osaka in November, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Sapporo: temperatures range from 42°F by day to 38°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping

1
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Tokyo

On the 21st (Sun), shop like a local with Wa Space, then get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally make a short side trip with ►► Withlocals™ - Local Private Tours 🇯🇵. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojo-ji Temple.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online travel planner.

Fly from Sapporo to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Sapporo - with highs of 62°F and lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.

Nagano Prefecture travel guide

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Ski Areas · Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles
Nagano Prefecture is a landlocked prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region on the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Nagano. Due to the abundance of mountain ranges in this area, the land available for inhabitance is relatively limited.Nagano has impressive highland areas, including most of the Kita-Alps, Chūō-Alps, and Minami-Alps, which extend into the neighbouring prefectures. In addition to its natural scenic beauty and rich history, Nagano was host to the 1998 Winter Olympics, which gained the prefecture international recognition as a world-class winter sport destination, and a Shinkansen line to Tokyo.HistorySee Shinano Province.

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