16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Cleveland
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Nikko
— 1 night
3
Tokyo
— 1 night
4
Kusatsu-machi
— 1 night
5
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
7
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Cleveland

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

Cleveland, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cleveland to Tokyo is 14 hours. In October, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Cleveland - with highs of 72°F and lows of 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Nikko

Nikko ©
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.
For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nikko trip itinerary site .

Getting from Tokyo to Nikko by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in October, expect nights in Nikko to be about the same, around 62°F, while days are slightly colder, around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Ryuzu Waterfall ©
Ryuzu Waterfall
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo
To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker .

Take a train from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll set off for Kusatsu-machi on the 28th (Wed).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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1
night
Kusatsu-machi

Kusatsu-machi ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): stroll through Yubatake, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then make a trip to Netsunoyu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane and then stroll around Sainokawara Park.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kusatsu-machi route planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Kusatsu-machi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Tokyo in October, expect Kusatsu-machi to be little chillier, temps between 65°F and 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kusatsu-machi

Parks Nature Baths
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Yubatake ©
Yubatake
Onsen Resorts
Sainokawara Park ©
Sainokawara Park

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo
To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Kusatsu-machi to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Kusatsu-machi in October; daily highs in Tokyo reach 72°F and lows reach 60°F. You'll set off for Kyoto on the 30th (Fri).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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4
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.
Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Todai-ji Temple in Nara, about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip builder app .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 60°F. On the 3rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley.

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You can take a train from Kyoto to Hakone-machi in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in November: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 52°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Nature Parks
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Imperial Palace, walk around Ueno Park, then get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, then admire the striking features of Tokyo Central Railway Station, and finally go for a walk through Tokyo Station Marunouchi Ekimae Hiroba.

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Getting from Hakone-machi to Tokyo by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in November, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace
Ueno Park ©
Ueno Park
Ginza ©
Ginza

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