14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Nagano
— 1 day
Train:  1 h 30 min
3
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Nikko
— 1 day
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Tokyo
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
6
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
7
Nara
— 1 day
Train:  45 min
8
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
9
Himeji
— Few hours
Drive:  6 h 45 min
10
Narusawa-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
11
Tokyo
— 1 night
End: Tokyo

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Kawaguchi. On the 9th (Mon), make a trip to Chidorigafuchi, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take in the spiritual surroundings of Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, then stroll through Lake Kawaguchi, and finally don't miss a visit to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo travel route builder site .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In March, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Chidorigafuchi ©
Chidorigafuchi
Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja ©
Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja

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day
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Sanada House, then steep yourself in history at Matsushiro, then don't miss a visit to Tenkyuji, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Shrine Okusha.

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You can take a train from Tokyo to Nagano in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in March, expect Nagano to be a bit cooler, temps between 11°C and 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites
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Matsushiro ©
Matsushiro
Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
Tenkyuji ©
Tenkyuji

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Kawaguchi. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Kawaguchi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hanazono Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Samurai Armor Photo Studio.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by train from Nagano to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagano in March, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Nature Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Lake Kawaguchi
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

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.
On the 13th (Fri), take in breathtaking views at Setoai-kyo Canyon, trek along Odashirogahara, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Nantai, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kirifuri Highlands Kisuge Plain, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Cryptomeria Avenue.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nikko trip itinerary app .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nikko, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Mt. Nantai ©
Mt. Nantai
Odashirogahara ©
Odashirogahara

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo
To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip tool .

Getting from Nikko to Tokyo by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nikko in March: highs in Tokyo hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 7°C. You'll set off for Kyoto on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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2
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninna-ji Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. On the next day, get your game on at Maiko and Geisha Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, then don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Outdoors Fun & Games
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple

1
day
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Todai-ji Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa, walk around Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Nara trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. March in Nara sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

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nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
On the 17th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōzen-ji Temple, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, then have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, and finally find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Nakanoshima Park, walk around Kemasakuranomiya Park, then get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and finally stop by Tower Knives Osaka.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka online trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In March in Osaka, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Mint Museum ©
Mint Museum

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hours
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 19th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji tour itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Mt. Takamikura
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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night
Narusawa-mura

Narusawa-mura ©
A village at the foothills of Mt.
On the 20th (Fri), play a few rounds at Narusawa Golf Club, then have fun at Forest Adventure Mt.Fuji, then explore the striking landscape at Narusawa Ice Cave, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Fuji Subaru Line Osawa Carpark View Point.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Narusawa-mura day trip planner.

You can drive from Himeji to Narusawa-mura in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Himeji in March, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Narusawa-mura: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Narusawa-mura

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Forest Adventure Mt.Fuji ©
Forest Adventure Mt.Fuji
Narusawa Ice Cave ©
Narusawa Ice Cave
Narusawa Golf Club ©
Narusawa Golf Club

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo
For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Narusawa-mura to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Narusawa-mura in March: highs in Tokyo hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 7°C. On the 21st (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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