15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train + Bus:  1 h 30 min
2
Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Takayama
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Karuizawa-machi
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
End: Tokyo

4
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 list of things to see and do now includes Tokyo Tower, Takeshita Street, Meiji Jingu Shrine, and other attractions. Kids will appreciate attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Ueno Zoo. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo tour itinerary planning tool.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Tokyo is an approximately 10.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in November, things will get colder in Tokyo: highs are around 19°C and lows about 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Tokyo Disneyland, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka

4
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Kawaguchi as well as Mount Fuji. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu. There's more to do: explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) and visit Sengokuhara.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi road trip tool.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Tokyo in December, you will find days in Hakone-machi are slightly colder (8°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). On the 8th (Sun), you're off to Takayama.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Mount Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

3
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall. Takayama Jinya and Higashiyama Walking Course will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takayama: Gero Onsen Gassho Village (in Gero) and Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Sanmachi Suji and make a trip to Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato).

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Takayama route planning website.

Drive from Hakone-machi to Takayama in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Scenic Drive

Side Trips

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Gero Onsen Gassho Village, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

3
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Stone Church and Tombo no Yu. Step out of the city life by going to Kumoba Pond and Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Shiraito Falls, get to know the fascinating history of Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori, buy something for everyone on your list at Harunire Terrace, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Karuizawa Kogen Church.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Karuizawa-machi trip planning website.

Drive from Takayama to Karuizawa-machi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier evenings in Karuizawa-machi when traveling from Takayama in December, with lows around 0°C. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Shiraito Falls ©
Shiraito Falls
Karuizawa Kogen Church ©
Karuizawa Kogen Church
Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori ©
Kyukaruizawa Ginza-dori

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