16 days in Japan & Kailua-Kona Itinerary

16 days in Japan & Kailua-Kona Itinerary

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16 days in Japan & Kailua-Kona Itinerary

Start: Kahului, United States
Fly + Drive:  15​h 45​min
1
Kita, Japan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Nara, Japan
— 1 night
train:  30​min
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
4
Hakone-machi, Japan
— 1 night
bus + train:  1​h 30​min
5
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h
6
Kailua-Kona, United States
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  4​h
End: Kahului, United States


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1
night
Kita, Japan

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan and then take a stroll through Dotonbori. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then wander the streets of Shinsaibashi.

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Kahului, USA to Kita is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Hawaii Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 19 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Kahului in October, with highs in Kita at 74°F and lows at 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nara.

Things to do in Kita

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
Nara, Japan

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.
On the 12th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Nara driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kita to Nara takes an hour. October in Nara sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

3
nights
Kyoto, Japan

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.
Get some historical perspective at Nijo-jo Castle and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gion and Ryoanji Temple. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and stroll through Kyoto Imperial Palace.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Kyoto online travel route planner .

Kyoto is very close to Nara. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Gion
Gion
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

1
night
Hakone-machi, Japan

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 16th (Tue), explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and then make a splash at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

For more things to do and tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi road trip tool .

Getting from Kyoto to Hakone-machi by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Theme Parks Spas Baths
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Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

3
nights
Tokyo, Japan

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.
Do your shopping at Ginza and Asakusa. Let the collections at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum capture your imagination. Step out of Tokyo to go to Mitaka and see Ghibli Museum, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Harajuku Takeshita-dori, engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and take in the exciting artwork at Art Jeunesse Akihabara.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip site .

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in October, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (72°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

4
nights
Kailua-Kona, United States

Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year.
Bring the kids along to Akaka Falls State Park and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. Visit Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Kealakekua Bay for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kailua-Kona: Big Island Bees (in Captain Cook), Jagger Museum (in Volcano) and Kilauea Iki Trailhead (in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park). And it doesn't end there: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, stroll through Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Kailua-Kona holiday builder app .

You can fly from Tokyo to Kailua-Kona in 12 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time, which is usually a -19 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Tokyo in October, with highs in Kailua-Kona at 86°F and lows at 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Captain Cook, Kilauea Iki Trailhead, Jagger Museum, Kahaluu Beach, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
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Swim with Dolphins
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park

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