24 days in Kanto Itinerary

24 days in Kanto Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kanto trip planner

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Nikko
— 1 night
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Kusatsu-machi
— 2 nights
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Chichibu
— 2 nights
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Kamogawa
— 2 nights
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Kamakura
— 3 nights
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Zama
— 4 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland, Urayasu Sports Park Indoor And Swimming Pool, &more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Akihabara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip maker tool.

Chicago, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Chicago to Tokyo, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in January, with highs in Tokyo at 50°F and lows at 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Nikko

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, admire the sheer force of Shiraito Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kegon Falls, then hike along Odashirogahara, and finally visit Kinugawa Nioson Plaza.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nikko online holiday builder.

You can drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in February, expect nights in Nikko to be about the same, around 41°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kusatsu-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails

Kusatsu-machi

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): don't miss a visit to Japan's Highest National Highway Point, then glide through natural beauty at Kusatsu Music Forest Cross Country Course, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally don't miss a visit to Yubatake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Ushiike, take in the dramatic scenery at Osen Waterfall, then walk around Sainokawara Park, then head outdoors with Kusatsu International Ski Place, and finally find something for the whole family at Kusatsu Forest Stage.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kusatsu-machi day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Kusatsu-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nikko in February, things will get a bit cooler in Kusatsu-machi: highs are around 39°F and lows about 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Chichibu.

Things to do in Kusatsu-machi

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Chichibu

— 2 nights
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.
On the 5th (Fri), take a stroll through Yoshida Area, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kannon-in Temple, admire the engineering at Takizawa Dam, then don't miss a visit to Misotsuchi Icicles (Misotsuchinotsurara), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mt. Zuiryusan Hounji Temple - No. 30 Amulets Place. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Zukyosan Shimabuji Temple, make a trip to Ashigakubo no Hyochu, then head outdoors with Minamisawa Ajisaiyama, and finally head outdoors with Mt. Kumotori.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Chichibu travel route planner.

Drive from Kusatsu-machi to Chichibu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kusatsu-machi in February, expect nights in Chichibu to be about the same, around 30°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kamogawa.

Things to do in Chichibu

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Kamogawa

— 2 nights
Beloved for its beaches, mild climate, and natural attractions, Kamogawa is a beautiful getaway right outside of Tokyo.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): observe the fascinating underwater world at Kamogawa Sea World, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amatsu Shinmeigu Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Oto no Araikoshi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mt. Otowa Kiyomizu Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gyoganji Temple. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Yomogi Fudodaki Waterfall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitsuishiyama Kannon-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saiganji Temple Amida Building, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Takataki Shrine.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kamogawa day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chichibu to Kamogawa takes 3.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Kamogawa when traveling from Chichibu in February, with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Kamakura.

Things to do in Kamogawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Kamakura

— 3 nights

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Get out of town with these interesting Kamakura side-trips: Chigasaki Satoyama Park (in Chigasaki), Samukawa Shrine (in Samukawa-machi) and Akiya, Tateishi Coast (in Yokosuka). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, enjoy breathtaking views from Enoshima Sea Candle, get to know the fascinating history of Nagoe Excavation, and head off the coast to Enoshima Island.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kamakura trip planning site.

You can drive from Kamogawa to Kamakura in 2 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Kamogawa in February; daily highs in Kamakura reach 42°F and lows reach 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Zama.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Zama

— 4 nights
Zama is a city located in central Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Zama is known for parks, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Kanigasawa Park, steep yourself in history at Shokokuji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sochu-ji Temple, and get into the urban bustle at Higashihara Community Center.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Zama travel route planning site.

Drive from Kamakura to Zama in 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Zama are 42°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Zama

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas

Hakone-machi

— 3 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Step out of Hakone-machi to go to Ninomiya-machi and see Azumayama Park, which is approximately 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, and go for a walk through Tenkakudai.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hakone-machi vacation planning website.

You can drive from Zama to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. In February in Hakone-machi, expect temperatures between 40°F during the day and 36°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Spas · Theme Parks · Baths · Museums

Side Trips

Kanto travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Nearly synonymous with Tokyo and its suburban sprawl, the region of Kanto encompasses many historical sites, hot springs, semitropical islands, and picturesque mountains. Predictably, most tours of Kanto begin and end in Tokyo, which serves as an ideal base for day trips to nearby national parks, ancient temples, and grand monuments reminding visitors of Japan's shogun era. During feudal times, Kanto reigned as the center of political and military power; today, the area represents one of the country's tourism hubs. As you plan your Kanto itinerary, be sure to include a stop in Kamakura, a small temple town filled with notable cultural treasures.