16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Nikko
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Minakami-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Kusatsu-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
End: Tokyo

7
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.
Get outdoors at Yokohama Nature Sanctuary and Mt. Takao. Get some cultural insight at Senso-ji Temple and Imperial Palace. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Hase-dera Temple (in Kamakura), Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi (in Hayama-machi) and Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tokyo sightseeing planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Yokohama, Mt. Takao, Hase-dera Temple, Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi, Mt. Iwatake Ishiyama
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Futarasan jinja, and then steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine. On your second day here, explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, then don't miss a visit to Senjogahara Field, and then admire the sheer force of Ryuzu Waterfall.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Nikko driving holiday tool.

You can drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Nikko, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of 3°C. On the 11th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Minakami-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Lake Chuzenji ©
Lake Chuzenji

3
nights
Minakami-machi

Minakami-machi ©
Perched beneath the foothills of several soaring mountains, the town of Minakami-machi provides a picturesque stepping stone from which to explore the dramatic surrounding scenery.
On the 11th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kichijo-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Minakami-machi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Minakami-machi takes 2.5 hours. On the 14th (Mon), you'll travel to Kusatsu-machi.

Things to do in Minakami-machi

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kichijo-ji Temple, Saifukuji Temple, Lockheart Castle, Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
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Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Saifukuji Temple ©
Saifukuji Temple
Lockheart Castle ©
Lockheart Castle

2
nights
Kusatsu-machi

Kusatsu-machi ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Ikaho Stone Steps, then stroll around Nagamine Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Haruna Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Netsunoyu, witness a stunning natural landmark at Jigokudani Funsen, then identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and finally make a trip to Japan's Highest National Highway Point.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kusatsu-machi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Minakami-machi to Kusatsu-machi takes 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Kusatsu-machi are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Kusatsu-machi

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Shibukawa, Yamanouchi-machi, Japan's Highest National Highway Point, Haruna Shrine
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Yubatake ©
Yubatake
Haruna Shrine ©
Haruna Shrine

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