14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hokuto
Drive
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Matsumoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 1 night
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Tokyo

— 4 nights
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.
Ueno District has been added to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Akihabara, buy something for everyone on your list at Shin-Marunouchi Building, and walk around Yoyogi Park.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip planning site.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in October, with highs in Tokyo at 26°C and lows at 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Hokuto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks
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Hokuto

The small city of Hokuto sits amid some big scenery.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Suntory Hakushu Distillery.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hokuto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Hokuto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Tokyo in October, expect Hokuto to be a bit cooler, temps between 21°C and 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Hokuto

Breweries & Distilleries
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Highlights from your trip

Matsumoto

— 3 nights
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
You've now added Kamikochi Tourism Center to your itinerary. On the 5th (Tue), take a stroll through Nakamachi Street. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matsumoto Shrine and then visit Matsumoto Castletown Springs.

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Traveling by car from Hokuto to Matsumoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Matsumoto are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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Kyoto

— 4 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Suntory Yamazaki Distillery, Osaka Free Walking Tour, Nishiki Market Shopping District, and other attractions you added. 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 Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Matsumoto to Kyoto by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Matsumoto in October, things will get a bit warmer in Kyoto: highs are around 27°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Tokyo

— 1 night
To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo day trip planning site.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll set off for home on the 13th (Wed).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
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Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.