8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  15​h
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Yokohama
— 1 day
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Kamakura
— 1 day
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  2​h
6
Hakone-machi
— 1 day
train:  2​h
7
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  45​min
8
Kawagoe
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Nikko
— Few hours
10
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
End: Hiroshima

1
night
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Akihabara as well as Narita International Airport Terminal 1. On the 7th (Sat), take in panoramic vistas at Narita International Airport Terminal 1 and then take a stroll through Akihabara.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo journey planner .

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Narita International Airport Terminal 1
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Akihabara ©
Akihabara

1
day
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shinyokohama Ramen Museum as well as Cupnoodles Museum Yokohama. On the 8th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Shinyokohama Ramen Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sankeien Gardens, shop like a local with Yokohama Chinatown, then examine the collection at Cupnoodles Museum Yokohama, then go for a walk through Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, and finally take a stroll through Minato Mirai 21.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Yokohama trip maker .

Getting from Tokyo to Yokohama by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. September in Yokohama sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 70°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yokohama

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21
Sankeien Gardens ©
Sankeien Gardens
Yokohama Chinatown ©
Yokohama Chinatown

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 8th (Sun), admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner .

Getting from Yokohama to Tokyo by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kamakura.
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Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
day
Kamakura

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kōtoku-in, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, then steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Kamakura Zushi Highland Cherry Blossom Trees.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kamakura online driving holiday planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kamakura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kamakura, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites
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Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 9th (Mon), enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo driving holiday tool .

Traveling by train from Kamakura to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kamakura in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hakone-machi.
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Tokyo Skytree ©
Tokyo Skytree

1
day
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.
On the 10th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and then make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi tour planning tool .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature Parks Museums
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Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 10th (Tue), take a stroll through Odaiba.

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Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in September, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (81°F), and nights are about the same (69°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kawagoe.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba

few
hours
Kawagoe

Kawagoe ©
Situated just outside of Tokyo, Kawagoe entices visitors with its historic, Edo period architecture, reminiscent of a Japan of the past.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): make a trip to Kashiya Yokocho.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kawagoe route planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Kawagoe by train takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of subway and train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Kawagoe can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nikko.
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Kashiya Yokocho ©
Kashiya Yokocho

few
hours
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Yomeimon (Main Gate) and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taiyuimbyo Shrine.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nikko day trip planner.

You can drive from Kawagoe to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites
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Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Yomeimon (Main Gate) ©
Yomeimon (Main Gate)

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You've added Sensō-ji, Imperial Palace, The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo visit planning app .

Traveling by train from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 13th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks
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Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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