15 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Osaka
— 4 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Nagoya
— 2 nights
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Bus to Odawara, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 4 nights

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Osaka — 4 nights

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.
Nara Park has been added to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nishinomiya Shrine and Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Kobe City Hall (Observation Deck) (in Kobe), Nishinomiya (Nangu Shrine & Junshinzen-ji Temple) and Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple & Yoshikien). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Osaka tenmangu shrine, shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Honten, and don't miss a visit to Nakanoshima Park.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka online holiday planner.

If you are flying in from South Korea, the closest major aiports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. January in Osaka sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sun) before leaving for Kyoto.
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Kyoto — 3 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Arashiyama. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kamigamo Shrine and Shimogamo Jinja. Change things up with a short trip to Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple in Uji (about 36 minutes away). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, stroll through Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, get great views at Mt. Kurama, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip maker.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kyoto are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Wed) before leaving for Nagoya.
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Nagoya — 2 nights

Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 25th (Wed), make a trip to sky-promenade, make a trip to Nagoya Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hosho-in (Osu Kannon), then admire the natural beauty at Nabana no Sato, and finally don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street. Keep things going the next day: browse the different shops at Shopping Avenue Esca, admire the masterpieces at The Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nagoya day trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Nagoya: temperatures range from 7°C by day to 1°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Hakone-machi.
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Hakone-machi — 1 night

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 27th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Okada Museum of Art, don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, then cruise along Otome Toge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Choanji Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Daiyuzan Saijoji Temple (Doryoson).

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hakone-machi day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Nagoya to Hakone-machi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In January in Hakone-machi, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 3°C at night. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Jan 27 — 28:

Tokyo — 4 nights

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 Kabukicho District as well as Kanda Jimbocho Bookstore Area. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo and Atago Shrine. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Kanda Myojin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, stop by Kagurazaka, and wander the streets of Ueno District.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip site.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Hakone-machi in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 1°C at night.
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