16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Cleveland
Fly:  18 h 45 min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Nikko
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Tokyo
— 1 night
Bus:  3 h 45 min
4
Kusatsu-machi
— 1 night
Bus:  3 h 45 min
5
Tokyo
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 45 min
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train + Bus:  3 h 45 min
7
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Bus + 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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, visit Odaiba District, and discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tokyo day trip planning tool.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive 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.
To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nikko vacation builder website.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in October, expect nights in Nikko to be about the same, around 62°F, while days are little chillier, around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nikko National Park
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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 find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo itinerary planner.

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

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 28:

1
night
Kusatsu-machi

Kusatsu-machi ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Yubatake, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then contemplate the long history of Netsunoyu. On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane and then walk around Sainokawara Park.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kusatsu-machi online trip maker.

Getting from Tokyo to Kusatsu-machi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in October: high temperatures in Kusatsu-machi hover around 65°F and lows are around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kusatsu-machi

Parks Nature Baths
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Yubatake ©
Yubatake
Onsen Resorts
Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane ©
Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo
For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tokyo day trip planning website.

You can drive from Kusatsu-machi to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Kusatsu-machi in October, with highs in Tokyo at 72°F and lows at 60°F. On the 30th (Fri), you'll travel to Kyoto.

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.
When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Todai-ji Temple in Nara, approximately Nara away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto road trip app.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hakone-machi driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of train and bus from Kyoto to Hakone-machi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. While traveling from Kyoto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 52°F to lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature Parks Museums
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 5th (Thu), ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, stroll around Ueno Park, then take a stroll through Ginza, then make a trip to Tokyo Central Railway Station, and finally go for a walk through Tokyo Station Marunouchi Ekimae Hiroba.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo journey planning website.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Hakone-machi in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 5:
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Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace
Ginza ©
Ginza
Ueno Park ©
Ueno Park

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