19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 8 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Fuji
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Yamanouchi-machi
— 3 nights
taxi + train:  5​h 45​min
5
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
End: Tokyo

8
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.
Get some cultural insight at Sensō-ji and Odaiba. Visiting Yokohama Nature Sanctuary and Enoshima Island will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kamakura (Kōtoku-in, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, & more), Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi (in Hayama-machi) and Mt. Takao (in Hachioji). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, make a trip to Tokyo Tower, wander the streets of Akihabara, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. March in Tokyo sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Fuji.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kamakura, Yokohama, Enoshima Island, Kamiyatsuno Okusuu, Minamisawa Ajisaiyama
Highlights from your plan
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

2
nights
Fuji

Fuji ©
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fujirokushosengen Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mishima Taisha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): tee off at Taiheiyo Club Gotenba Course, take in the dramatic scenery at Shiraito Falls, and then make a trip to Yakisoba Shrine.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Fuji trip builder app .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Fuji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in March, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Fuji

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Fujinomiya, Mishima Taisha, Taiheiyo Club Gotenba Course
Highlights from your plan
Mishima Taisha ©
Mishima Taisha
Shiraito Falls ©
Shiraito Falls
Fujirokushosengen Shrine ©
Fujirokushosengen Shrine

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 17th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, explore the world behind art at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, then go for a walk through Lake Kawaguchi, and finally make a trip to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi tour app .

You can drive from Fuji to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 1.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Fuji in March: high temperatures in Fujikawaguchiko-machi hover around 46°F and lows are around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Museums Historic Sites Spas

Side Trips

Spas, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja
Highlights from your plan
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum ©
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine ©
Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine

3
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): fly down the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area and then look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Matsushiro Castle, hit the slopes at Ryuoo Ski Park, and then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yamanouchi-machi online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Yamanouchi-machi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in March, Yamanouchi-machi is a bit cooler at night with lows of 37°F. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Netsunoyu, Matsushiro Castle
Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area ©
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area
Ryuoo Ski Park ©
Ryuoo Ski Park

3
nights
Osaka

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and then wander the streets of Dotonbori. On your second day here, wander the streets of Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, and then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip builder website .

Do a combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Osaka in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. Traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in March, expect nights in Osaka to be about the same, around 41°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trips

Kyoto, Nara
Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Gion
Gion

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