24 days in East Asia Itinerary

24 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Chiyoda-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ome
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sagamihara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kamakura
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yugawara-machi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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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.
Odaiba District and Akihabara are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Relax by the water at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Kasai Beach Park. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: go all around town with Street Kart Shibuya, wander the streets of Ginza, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

Rome, Italy to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Rome to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Rome in January: highs in Tokyo hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Chiyoda-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 14:

Chiyoda-machi

— 2 nights
On the 15th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Museum of The Sakitama Ancient Burial Mounds, delve into the distant past at Sakitama Kofun Park, don't miss a visit to Oshi Castle, examine the collection at Gyoda City Folk Museum, then relax and rejuvenate at Gokurakuyu Hanyu Onsen, and finally don't miss a visit to Hanyu Parking Area Upline. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: grab your bike and head to Chiyoda Town Cycling Road, walk around Nakasato Park, steep yourself in history at Gyodahachiman Shrine, stroll through Poppy Happy Square, then head outdoors with Kakyu no sato, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sakitama Shrine.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Chiyoda-machi trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Chiyoda-machi in 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Tokyo in January since evenings lows in Chiyoda-machi dip to -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Ome.

Things to do in Chiyoda-machi

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:

Ome

— 2 nights
Ōme is a city located in the western portion of Tokyo Metropolis, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 136,071 and a population density of 1320 persons per km². Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daihigan-ji Temple, make a trip to Tenguiwa, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Mitake, make a trip to Musashi Mitake Shrine, then sample the tasty concoctions at Ozawa Sake Brewery, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sawanoien.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ome travel planning tool.

Traveling by car from Chiyoda-machi to Ome takes 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sagamihara.

Things to do in Ome

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Baths

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 18:

Sagamihara

— 2 nights
Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Sagamihara City Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Tama Zoological Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takahata Fudoson Kongo-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yabo Tenmangu, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Okunitama Shrine, and finally wander the streets of Susukino.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sagamihara trip builder.

You can drive from Ome to Sagamihara in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Ome in January, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Sagamihara: temperatures range from 4°C by day to 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kamakura.

Things to do in Sagamihara

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 18 — 20:

Kamakura

— 3 nights

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at Enoshima Iwaya Caves, head off the coast to Enoshima Island, steep yourself in history at Ryūkō-ji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kamakura itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sagamihara to Kamakura takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 4°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yugawara-machi.

Things to do in Kamakura

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:

Yugawara-machi

— 2 nights
Step out of the city life by going to Izu Heights Golf Club and Atami Sun Beach. Kinomiya Shrine and Mishima Taisha are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Yugawara-machi's surroundings by going to Nirayama Reverberatory Furnaces (in Izunokuni), Izu (Laforet Shuzenji & Country Club & Joren Waterfall) and Mishima (Emmyo-ji Temple & Gempeigawa River).

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Yugawara-machi day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Kamakura to Yugawara-machi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daily temperatures in Yugawara-machi can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Yugawara-machi

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 25:

Hakone-machi

— 3 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, test the waters at a local thermal spa, explore the galleries of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and finally make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Hakone-machi trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Yugawara-machi to Hakone-machi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. January in Hakone-machi sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Golf · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 28:

Kyoto

— 3 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nara Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Imamiya Ebisu Shrine (in Osaka), Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center & Todai-ji Temple). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Gion, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, see what you can catch with Hero Tour Japan, and shop like a local with Minami (Namba).

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Kyoto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or fly. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 10°C to lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 28 — 31:

Tokyo Prefecture travel guide

4.2
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
A tour of Tokyo Prefecture reveals many eateries, markets, and museums, with sightseeing opportunities available for every type of traveler. Bright bursts of lights and billboards on modern buildings contrast the ornate, traditional architecture there. Don't forget to visit Izu Islands, easily accessible from the capital as an ideal day trip option.

Kanagawa Prefecture travel guide

4.1
Sacred & Religious Sites · Parks · Historic Sites
Kanagawa Prefecture is a prefecture located in southern Kantō region of Japan. The capital of the prefecture is Yokohama. Kanagawa is part of the Greater Tokyo Area. Kanagawa Prefecture is home to Kamakura and Hakone, two highly popular side trip destinations from Tokyo.HistoryThe prefecture has some archaeological sites going back to the Jōmon period (around 400 BCE). About 3,000 years ago, Mount Hakone produced a volcanic explosion which resulted in Lake Ashi on the western area of the prefecture.It is believed that the Yamato dynasty ruled this area from the 5th century onwards. In the ancient era, its plains were very sparsely inhabited.In medieval Japan, Kanagawa was part of the provinces of Sagami and Musashi. Kamakura in central Sagami was the capital of Japan during the Kamakura period (1185–1333).During the Edo period, the western part of Sagami Province was governed by the daimyō of Odawara Castle, while the eastern part was directly governed by the Tokugawa shogunate in Edo (Tokyo).

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Kyoto Prefecture travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Kyoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan in the Kansai region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Kyoto.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Kyoto Prefecture was known as Yamashiro.For most of its history, the city of Kyoto was Japan's Imperial capital. The city's history can be traced back as far as the 6th century. In 544, the Aoi Matsuri was held in Kyoto to pray for good harvest and good weather.Kyoto did not start out as Japan's capital. A noteworthy earlier capital was Nara. In 741, Emperor Shōmu moved the capital briefly to Kuni-kyo, between the cities of Nara and Kyoto, in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 784, the capital was moved to Nagaokakyō, also in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 794, Emperor Kanmu moved the capital to Heian-kyo, and this was the beginning of the current-day city of Kyoto. Even today, almost all of the streets, houses, stores, temples and shrines in Kyoto exist where they were placed in this year.Although in 1192 real political power shifted to Kamakura, where a samurai clan established the shogunate, Kyoto remained the imperial capital as the powerless emperors and their court continued to be seated in the city. Imperial rule was briefly restored in 1333, but another samurai clan established a new shogunate in Kyoto three years later.

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