21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  16 h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive:  6 h
2
Tsuruoka
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Hachimantai
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
4
Nikko
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Matsumoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Bus + Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  18 h 30 min
End: Detroit

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.
To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip planning website .

Detroit, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 14 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Detroit in October; daily highs in Tokyo reach 72°F and lows reach 60°F. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 20:

2
nights
Tsuruoka

Tsuruoka ©
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Yudonosan Shrine, Gassan Shrine and Mt. Haguro.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tsuruoka driving holiday app .

Getting from Tokyo to Tsuruoka by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in October; daily highs in Tsuruoka reach 65°F and lows reach 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Hachimantai.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Gassan Shrine
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Mt. Haguro ©
Mt. Haguro
Gassan Shrine ©
Gassan Shrine

1
night
Hachimantai

Hachimantai
For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hachimantai online vacation planner .

Drive from Tsuruoka to Hachimantai in 4 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 51°F. On the 23rd (Wed), you're off toNikko.

Things to do in Hachimantai

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 23:

3
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kegon Falls as well as Oze National Park. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Oze National Park and then admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Nikko trip tool .

Traveling by car from Hachimantai to Nikko takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Hachimantai in October since evenings lows in Nikko dip to 62°F. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Oze National Park
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Odashirogahara ©
Odashirogahara
Oze National Park ©
Oze National Park
Mt. Nantai ©
Mt. Nantai

4
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Matsumoto tour planner.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Matsumoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nikko in October since evenings lows in Matsumoto dip to 54°F. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Wed) before leaving for Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 30:

2
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.
To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hakone-machi trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Matsumoto to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Hakone-machi sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 59°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Fri) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 1:

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo
To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo online vacation planner .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in November, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 62°F. You will leave for home on the 4th (Mon).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:

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