8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 1 night
2
Karuizawa-machi
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Kusatsu-machi
— 1 night
train:  3​h 15​min
4
Nikko
— 1 day
5
Tokyo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Hitachi
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
7
Tokyo
— 4 nights
End: Tokyo

1
night
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.
For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo online day trip planner .

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Karuizawa-machi.
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Shibuya Crossing ©
Shibuya Crossing

few
hours
Karuizawa-machi

Karuizawa-machi ©
The only city in the world to have hosted both summer and winter Olympics, the resort town of Karuizawa-machi boasts clean air, impressive mountain scenery, and many outdoor activities and hot springs.
On the 4th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Shiraito Falls and then buy something for everyone on your list at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Karuizawa-machi road trip planning site .

Take a train from Tokyo to Karuizawa-machi in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in October, things will get slightly colder in Karuizawa-machi: highs are around 21°C and lows about 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kusatsu-machi.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Nature Parks Shopping
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Shiraito Falls ©
Shiraito Falls
Karuizawa prince shopping plaza ©
Karuizawa prince shopping plaza

1
night
Kusatsu-machi

Kusatsu-machi
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): look for gifts at Kusatsu Glass Warehouse.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kusatsu-machi road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Karuizawa-machi to Kusatsu-machi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Kusatsu-machi can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Kusatsu-machi

Shopping
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1
day
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 5th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Ryuzu Waterfall, then admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, and then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nikko sightseeing planning tool .

Drive from Kusatsu-machi to Nikko in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kusatsu-machi in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nikko, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Nature Parks Baths
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Ryuzu Waterfall ©
Ryuzu Waterfall
Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls
Onsen Resorts

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo
To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online travel planner .

You can take a train from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll set off for Hitachi on the 6th (Sun).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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1
day
Hitachi

Hitachi ©
Hitachi is a city located in Ibaraki Prefecture, in the northern Kantō region of Japan. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): admire the striking features of Hitachi Station, then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then stroll around Kamine Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oiwa Shrine.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hitachi travel route site .

You can drive from Tokyo to Hitachi in 2 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in October, expect little chillier with lows of 14°C in Hitachi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hitachi

Historic Sites Parks Spas
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Oiwa Shrine ©
Oiwa Shrine
Kamine Park ©
Kamine Park
Hitachi Station ©
Hitachi Station

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nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Odaiba and Ginza. For shopping fun, head to Takeshita Street or Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko). When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Lake Kawaguchi in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, approximately 2 hours away. See even more of Tokyo: get in on the family fun at Tokyo Disneyland, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tokyo visit planner.

You can drive from Hitachi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Traveling from Hitachi in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Theme Parks

Side Trips

Tokyo Disneyland, Lake Kawaguchi
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street

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