8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly + Drive:  9 h 30 min
1
Chiba
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Hitachinaka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Nikko
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Ueno-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
5
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Urayasu
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: Manila, Luzon

1
night
Chiba

Chiba ©
Developing quickly with new homes and shopping malls cropping up each year, the city of Chiba no doubt benefits from its proximity to the capital--many even consider it a Tokyo suburb.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): revel in the low prices at Mitsui Outlet Park Makuhari and then buy something for everyone on your list at AEON MALL Makuhari Shintoshin. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Chiba Port Tower, steep yourself in history at Old Villa of Dembee Kamiya in Inage, tour the pleasant surroundings at Inage Ocean Park, then find something for the whole family at Country Farm Tokyo German Village, and finally explore the world behind art at Hoki Museum.

To see maps and other tourist information, refer to the Chiba trip planner.

Manila, Philippines to Chiba is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Philippines Time (PHT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Manila in October, plan for much colder days in Chiba, with highs around 22°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Hitachinaka.

Things to do in Chiba

Shopping Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Country Farm Tokyo German Village
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AEON MALL Makuhari Shintoshin ©
AEON MALL Makuhari Shintoshin
Hoki Museum ©
Hoki Museum
Country Farm Tokyo German Village ©
Country Farm Tokyo German Village

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nights
Hitachinaka

Hitachinaka ©
Dotted with beaches and parks, Hitachinaka makes for a great getaway along the Pacific Coast.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): enjoy some diversion at Hitachi Seaside Park, hunt for treasures at Nakaminato Fish Market, then categoryPhrases.phrase.get_up_close_and_personal_with_brilliant_marine_life_at Aqua World Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Aquarium, then get to know the fascinating history of Semba Boadwalk, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kairakuen Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hitachinaka trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chiba to Hitachinaka takes 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Hitachinaka when traveling from Chiba in October, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Hitachinaka

Parks Fun & Games Shopping

Side Trips

Mito, Aqua World Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Aquarium
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Hitachi Seaside Park ©
Hitachi Seaside Park
Kairakuen Park
Kairakuen Park

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.
On the 24th (Sat), go for a walk through Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Chuzenji, then admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, then take in the views from Shinkyo Bridge, and finally steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nikko trip planner.

Drive from Hitachinaka to Nikko in 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Hitachinaka in October since evenings lows in Nikko dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ueno-mura.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Lake Chuzenji ©
Lake Chuzenji
Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

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Ueno-mura

Ueno-mura ©
On the 25th (Sun), appreciate the history behind Irei no Sono, then make a trip to Ueno Sky Bridge, then Head underground at Fujido Cave, and finally appreciate the history behind Shokon no Hi Monument.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Ueno-mura trip planning website .

You can drive from Nikko to Ueno-mura in 3 hours. Traveling from Nikko in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Ueno-mura. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Ueno-mura

Nature Parks
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Ueno Sky Bridge ©
Ueno Sky Bridge

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, get great views at Hakone Ropeway, then contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum.

Plan trip to Hakone-machi with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Ueno-mura to Hakone-machi in 4 hours. Traveling from Ueno-mura in October, you will find days in Hakone-machi are a bit cooler (19°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Urayasu.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Hakone Ropeway ©
Hakone Ropeway

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Urayasu

Urayasu ©
A city lying on Tokyo Bay, Urayasu used to stand separate from the giant metropolis next door, but now, even though it belongs to another prefecture, it seems part of the capital.
On the 27th (Tue), have some family-friendly fun at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, stop by Bon Voyage, then make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Ikspiari. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Urayasu Local Museum and then stop by Susukino.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Urayasu route planning app .

You can take a train from Hakone-machi to Urayasu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in October, you will find days in Urayasu are somewhat warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Urayasu

Theme Parks Shopping Fun & Games

Side Trip

Susukino
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Susukino ©
Susukino
Ikspiari ©
Ikspiari

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