8 days in Hakone-machi, Saitama Prefecture & Tokyo Itinerary

8 days in Hakone-machi, Saitama Prefecture & Tokyo Itinerary

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Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
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Soka
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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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.
On the 29th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mishima Taisha, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinomiya Shrine, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Atami Sun Beach. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Pola Museum of Art, then examine the collection at Hakone Venetian Glass Museum, and then revel in the low prices at Gotemba Premium Outlets.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hakone-machi day trip planning website.

Bangkok, Thailand to Hakone-machi is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Bangkok to Hakone-machi is 2 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Bangkok in April; daily highs in Hakone-machi reach 15°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Soka.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Soka

Sōka is a city in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 247,165 and a population density of 9,000 persons per km². Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at Lalaport Shin Misato and then buy something for everyone on your list at AEON Lake Town.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Soka road trip planner.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Soka in 2.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in May: high temperatures in Soka hover around 25°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Soka

Shopping

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ueno District and Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park). For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Asakusa. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and make a trip to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo travel planner.

You can drive from Soka to Tokyo in an hour. Traveling from Soka in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Tokyo, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites

Saitama Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Saitama Prefecture is a landlocked prefecture of Japan located in the Kantō region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Saitama.This prefecture is part of the Greater Tokyo Area, and most of Saitama's cities can be described as suburbs of Tokyo, to which a large number of residents commute each day.HistoryAccording to Sendai Kuji Hongi, Chichibu was one of 137 provinces during the reign of Emperor Sujin. Chichibu Province was in western Saitama.Saitama Prefecture was formerly part of the old Musashi Province.In the fifth year of the Keiun era, deposits of copper were reported to have been found in the Chichibu District of what is now Saitama Prefecture.The Saitama area was historically known as a fertile agricultural region which produced much of the food for the Kantō region. During the Edo period, many fudai daimyōs ruled small domains within the Saitama area.After World War II, as Tokyo expanded rapidly and modern transportation allowed longer commutes, the lack of available land in Tokyo led to the rapid development of Saitama Prefecture, where the population has nearly tripled since 1960. Most of the cities in the prefecture are closely connected to downtown Tokyo by metropolitan rail, and operate largely as residential and commercial suburbs of Tokyo.

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