19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
2
Kawagoe
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Nikko
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Kamakura
— 3 nights
train + bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Christchurch

5
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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 14th (Tue) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planner.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Christchurch to Tokyo. When traveling from Christchurch in January, plan for much colder days in Tokyo, with highs around 11°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kawagoe.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 16:
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Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Kawagoe

Kawagoe ©
Situated just outside of Tokyo, Kawagoe entices visitors with its historic, Edo period architecture, reminiscent of a Japan of the past.
On the 17th (Fri), stop by Machikan Hamono, make a trip to Kawagoe Ichibangai Shopping Street, make a trip to Kitain, then admire the masterpieces at Toyama Memorial Museum of Art, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Old Yamazaki Family Villa.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kawagoe tour planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kawagoe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kawagoe when traveling from Tokyo in January, with lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Kawagoe

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Toyama Memorial Museum of Art
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 17:
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Kitain ©
Kitain
Toyama Memorial Museum of Art ©
Toyama Memorial Museum of Art
Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine ©
Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine

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.
Step out of Nikko to go to Shioya-machi and see Shojinsawa Spring Group, which is approximately 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, go for a walk through Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, and take in the exciting artwork at Kousyuuya.

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You can drive from Kawagoe to Nikko in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kawagoe in January: highs in Nikko hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kamakura.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Shojinsawa Spring Group
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 20:
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Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu

3
nights
Kamakura

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Kamakura is known for historic sites, parks, trails, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Kōtoku-in, delve into the lush surroundings at Hiromachi Ryokuchi, enjoy breathtaking views from Shojoken Ovservatory, and steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kamakura day trip planning tool .

Getting from Nikko to Kamakura by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Kamakura are 4°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kamakura

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi, Enoshima Island
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Enoshima Island ©
Enoshima Island
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

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.
Take a break from Hakone-machi with a short trip to Lake Kawaguchi in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, about 1h 30 min away. Spend the 27th (Mon) exploring nature at Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, and get great views at Hakone Ropeway.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Kamakura to Hakone-machi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daily temperatures in Hakone-machi can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Chubu, Lake Kawaguchi
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 27:
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

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