32 days in Kanto Itinerary

32 days in Kanto Itinerary

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Katori
— 1 night
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Oarai-machi
— 2 nights
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Daigo-machi
— 1 night
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Nikko
— 5 nights
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Kusatsu-machi
— 4 nights
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Hachijo-machi
— 5 nights
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Kamakura
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 9 nights

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Katori

— 1 night
Katori is a city located in northern Chiba Prefecture, Japan.As of April 2012, the city has an estimated population of 81,240 and a population density of 310 persons per km2. Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chosho-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kashima Jingu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katori Jingu Shrine, contemplate the long history of Fukushin Dry Goods Store, then steep yourself in history at Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokai-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamakazu Ise Grand Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Iioka Gyobu Cape Prospects Hall Light and Wind, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saruta Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Kanpuku-ji Temple, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Terada Honke.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Katori online tour planner.

Tokyo to Katori is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Tokyo in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Katori, with lows of -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Oarai-machi.

Things to do in Katori

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Oarai-machi

— 2 nights
On the 22nd (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Kodokan Park, admire the striking features of Kobuntei, appreciate the extensive heritage of Semba Boadwalk, then steep yourself in history at Noge Inari Shrine, then meet the residents at Aqua World Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Aquarium, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oarai Isosaki Shrine. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Kamiiso no Torii, then pick up some local products at Sun Green Asahi, then brush up on your military savvy at Tsukuba Navy Air Corps Memorial Museum, and finally engage your brain at Tsukuba Space Center.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Oarai-machi planning app.

You can drive from Katori to Oarai-machi in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Oarai-machi are 10°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Daigo-machi.

Things to do in Oarai-machi

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Daigo-machi

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): get outside with Okukuji Nantaisan, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, take in the dramatic scenery at Fukuroda Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Junisyo Shrine, and finally get in on the family fun at Forespa Daigo.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Daigo-machi travel app.

You can drive from Oarai-machi to Daigo-machi in 2 hours. When traveling from Oarai-machi in January, plan for slightly colder days in Daigo-machi, with highs around 7°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Daigo-machi

Spas · Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks

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Nikko

— 5 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ryuzu Waterfall and Fujishiro Seiji Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nikko: Utsunomiya (Oya History Museum & Oya temple), Ashikaga Flower Park (in Ashikaga) and Nasu-machi (Nasu Yuzen Shrine, Nasu Stained Glass Museum, &more). Pack the 26th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Nikko Station, go for a walk through Senjogahara Field, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, and steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nikko tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Daigo-machi to Nikko takes 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Nikko can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kusatsu-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Kusatsu-machi

— 4 nights
Explore hidden gems such as Tanigawadaketenjindaira Ski Area and Haruna Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kusatsu-machi: Aisai no Oka (in Tsumagoi-mura), Minakami-machi (Minakami Kogen Ski Resort, Onsen Resorts, &more) and Misato Bairin (in Takasaki).

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kusatsu-machi trip planner.

Getting from Nikko to Kusatsu-machi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Nikko in January; daily highs in Kusatsu-machi reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Hachijo-machi.

Things to do in Kusatsu-machi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Hachijo-machi

— 5 nights
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nambara Senjojiki and Ubai Homei Shrine.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hachijo-machi itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kusatsu-machi to Hachijo-machi. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kusatsu-machi in February: high temperatures in Hachijo-machi hover around 14°C and lows are around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kamakura.

Things to do in Hachijo-machi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Kamakura

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Samukawa Shrine and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Minamiboso (Nojimasaki Lighthouse & Cape Nojima), Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) (in Saru-jima) and Tateyama (Awa Jinja & Furosan Yakushi Onsen). There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Enoshima Island, contemplate the long history of Kencho-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Nokogiri.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kamakura planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hachijo-machi to Kamakura. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Hachijo-machi in February: high temperatures in Kamakura hover around 6°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 9 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 discover tucked-away gems like Waho-An NATURE Tokyo and Ueno District. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Narita (Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, Naritasan Omote Sando, &more), Yokohama (Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal & Hoshaku-ji Temple) and Minatomirai (Sky Garden & Yokohama Landmark Tower). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kawasaki Daishi, make a trip to Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai), take in the spiritual surroundings of Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin, and take an in-depth tour of Kanda Myojin.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo vacation planner.

Getting from Kamakura to Tokyo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kamakura in February, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 2°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · 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.