9 days in Kanto Itinerary

9 days in Kanto Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kanto journey maker

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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
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Mito
— 1 night
Drive
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Saitama
— 1 night
Drive
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Yokohama
— 2 nights
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Hakone-machi

— 1 night
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 17th (Sun), explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then explore the activities along Lake Ashinoko, then take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, and finally don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi tour itinerary site.

Manila, Philippines to Hakone-machi is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manila to Hakone-machi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manila in January, expect Hakone-machi to be much colder, temps between 5°C and 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mito.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Parks · Nature

Mito

— 1 night
Quaint and historic, Mito serves as the capital of Ibaraki Prefecture, once a castle town and stronghold for the Edo-period Mito clan.
On the 18th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Semba Boadwalk, steep yourself in history at Mito Hachimangu Shrine, then stroll around Kodokan Park, then let the kids burn off some steam at Hitachi Seaside Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Mori no Chevre Plaza.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mito holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Mito in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in January, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Mito: temperatures range from 10°C by day to -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Saitama.

Things to do in Mito

Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Saitama

— 1 night
Though a fairly large city in its own right, Saitama has become known primarily for its proximity to the capital, Tokyo.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Hikawa no Mori Culture Hall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine, meet the residents at Omiya Park Zoo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Musashidai Rokuten Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsuki Shrine.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Saitama road trip planning website.

You can drive from Mito to Saitama in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Mito in January since evenings lows in Saitama dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Saitama

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Tokyo

— 3 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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum, and get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo vacation planning app.

Traveling by car from Saitama to Tokyo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. January in Tokyo sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yokohama

— 2 nights
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): head off the coast to Enoshima Island, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kōtoku-in, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): walk around Yamashita Park, then take a stroll through Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, then admire the landmark architecture of Yokohama Landmark Tower, and finally steep yourself in history at Kawasaki Daishi.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Yokohama attractions planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Yokohama in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Yokohama are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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.

Ibaraki Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Playgrounds · Landmarks
Ibaraki Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan, located in the Kantō region on the main island of Honshu. The capital is Mito.HistoryIbaraki Prefecture was previously known as Hitachi Province. In 1871, the name of the province became Ibaraki.

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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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Tokyo Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
A tour of Tokyo Prefecture reveals many eateries, markets, and museums, with sightseeing opportunities available for every type of traveler. Bright bursts of lights and billboards on modern buildings contrast the ornate, traditional architecture there. Don't forget to visit Izu Islands, easily accessible from the capital as an ideal day trip option.