9 days in Tokyo, Hakone-machi & Kyoto Itinerary

9 days in Tokyo, Hakone-machi & Kyoto Itinerary

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9 days in Tokyo, Hakone-machi & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train + bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
train:  3​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

4
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Gaijin Tours, SAMURAI Sengoku Photo Studio Samurai, Samurai Armor Photo Studio, and other attractions. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fukagawa Edo Museum, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, and pause for some photo ops at Hachiko.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Melbourne in September, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are much hotter (24°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trip

The Hakone Open-Air Museum
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Gaijin Tours ©
Gaijin Tours
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): stop by Owakudani Kurotamago Kan, then don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hakone-machi online driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in October: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature Shopping
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Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley
Hakone Ropeway ©
Hakone Ropeway

3
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and finally wander the streets of Gion.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planning website .

Take a train from Hakone-machi to Kyoto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in October, you will find days in Kyoto are somewhat warmer (27°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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