58 days in Japan Itinerary

58 days in Japan Itinerary

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Osaka
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 5 nights
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Matsue
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Tanabe
— 2 nights
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
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Ise
— 2 nights
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Nagiso-machi
— 1 night
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Takayama
— 3 nights
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Tateyama-machi
— 2 nights
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Kanazawa
— 4 nights
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Nagano
— 4 nights
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Matsumoto
— 5 nights
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Shimoda
— 2 nights
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Nikko
— 4 nights
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Tokyo
— 6 nights

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Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tempozan Ferris Wheel and Izanagi Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Himeji (Shoshazan Engyoji, Koko-en, &more), Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple & Nigatsu-do Temple) and Kobe (Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki) & Onsen Resorts). There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, stroll around Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary maker website.

San Francisco, USA to Osaka is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Osaka, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect Osaka to be somewhat warmer, temps between 82°F and 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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World heritage site
Himeji Castle
4.5
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Religious Site
Nigatsu-do Temple
4.6

5
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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Peace Bell and Kintaikyo Bridge. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, &more), Miyajima (Momijidani Park & Mt. Misen) and Senkoji & Senkoji Park (in Onomichi). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum, get outside with Tobishima Kaido, and explore the world behind art at Ohara Museum of Art.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planning tool.

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 12:
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Monument
Peace Bell
4.6

5
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Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo and Mitokusan Sanbutuji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsue: Izumo (Inasa Beach, Former Taisha Station, &more), Mizuki Shigeru Museum (in Sakaiminato) and Tottori (Watanabe Art Museum, The Sand Museum, &more). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Daisen, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, stroll around Matsue Vogel Park, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Matsue journey builder app.

You can drive from Hiroshima to Matsue in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 12 — 17:
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Religious Site
Mitokusan Sanbutuji Temple
4.3

6
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Kyoto

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kamogawa River and Food Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Nagoya (Atsuta Jingu Shrine & Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology) and Miyazu (Amanohashidate View Land, Amanohashidate, &more). The adventure continues: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenryuji Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Matsue to Kyoto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In September in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tanabe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 23:
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Water Body
Kamogawa River
4.3

2
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Tanabe

Tanabe ©
Considered a holy space where the gods once lived, the city of Tanabe teems with spiritual, cultural, and natural beauty.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Sandambeki Rock Cliff, get outside with Shirarahama Beach, then step off the mainland to explore Engetsuto, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Kumano Kodo Trail. Keep things going the next day: trek along Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Oyunohara - Original Kumano Hongu Taisha Site.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tanabe trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Tanabe takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tanabe, with lows of 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Tanabe

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:
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Historic Walking Area
Kumano Kodo Trail
4.7
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Religious Site
Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine
4.6

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Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
On the 26th (Sat), make a trip to Daimonzaka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, and finally explore the activities along Kajitorizaki.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nachikatsura-cho day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tanabe to Nachikatsura-cho takes 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 26:
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Religious Site
Kumano Nachi Taisha
4.4
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Landmark
Daimonzaka
4.3
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Religious Site
Seigantoji Temple
4.4

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Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
On the 27th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, get from place to place with Premium Express Shimakaze, enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck, then meet the residents at Toba Aquarium, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Futami Okitama Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyominomiya, make a trip to Okage Yokocho, contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, then get engrossed in the history at Sengukan, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ise trip maker website.

Drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Ise in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Ise sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Nagiso-machi.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:
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Religious Site
Sarutahiko Shrine
4.3
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Religious Site
Futami Okitama Shrine
4.1
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Religious Site
Tsukiyominomiya
4.4

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Nagiso-machi

Nagiso-machi ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Nagisomachi Museum (Tsumagojuku Honjin), trek along Nakasendo Tsumagojuku, then admire the sheer force of Odaki-Medaki Waterfalls, then contemplate the long history of Nakasendo Magome-juku, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Ushigataki Waterfall.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nagiso-machi day trip planning app.

Getting from Ise to Nagiso-machi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Nagiso-machi when traveling from Ise in September, with lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Nagiso-machi

Parks · Trails · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 28 — 29:
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Hiking Trail
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku
4.6
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Hiking Trail
Nakasendo Magome-juku
4.3

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Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Takayama Jinya. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Takayama: Shirakawa-mura (Kanda house, Nagase house, &more). There's still lots to do: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, make a trip to Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, and take an in-depth tour of Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan).

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Takayama day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Nagiso-machi to Takayama takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Tateyama-machi.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

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Architectural Building
Takayama Jinya
4.1
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Wine Tour / Tasting
Wine Tours & Tastings
5.0
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Thermal Spa
Thermal Spas
4.2

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Tateyama-machi

Tateyama-machi ©
The small town of Tateyama-machi, nestled in the hills of Mount Tate, remains most notable as the gateway to the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Tsubakuro, admire the sheer force of Shomyo Falls, and then take a memorable drive along Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. On your second day here, go for a walk through Yuki no Otani (Snow Wall), explore the activities along Mikurigaike Pond, then see human ingenuity at work at Kurobe Dam, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Tateyama.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tateyama-machi holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Tateyama-machi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tateyama-machi

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Must see
Mt. Tateyama
4.9
Water Body
Mikurigaike Pond
4.6

4
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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway and Natadera Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shinyamabiko Bridge (in Kurobe), Maruoka Castle (in Sakai) and Notojima Aquarium (in Nanao). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Ainokura Gassho Community, visit Gokayama, make a trip to Suganuma Gassho Community, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kanazawa travel route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Tateyama-machi to Kanazawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 8:
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Geologic Formation
Shinyamabiko Bridge
4.6

4
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Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Snow Monkey Resorts and Ganshoin Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Mt. Myogi (in Shimonita-machi), Hokusai-kan (in Obuse-machi) and Yuzawa-machi (Masu domari & Ponshukan). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Shrine Okusha, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Togakushi, make a trip to Togakushi Shrine Chusha, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kagami.

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Take a train from Kanazawa to Nagano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Kanazawa, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nagano, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nagano

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 12:
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Religious Site
Togakushi Shrine Okusha
4.6

5
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Happo Pond and Happoone. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matsumoto: Suntory Hakushu Distillery (in Hokuto), Kurumayama Highland (in Chino) and Suwa (Maihime Breweries & Suwa Shrine). There's lots more to do: fly down the slopes at Senjojiki Cirque, make a trip to Suwa Taisha Shimosha Akimiya, take in the views from Myojin Bridge, and contemplate the waterfront views at Myojin Pond.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Matsumoto online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Nagano to Matsumoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in October, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Shimoda.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 17:
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Water Body
Kumoba Pond
4.2
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Water Body
Happo Pond
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Ski Area
Senjojiki Cirque
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2
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Shimoda

Shimoda ©
On a trip to Shimoda, a small town nestled on the tip of the Izu peninsula, you can take advantage of the scenic sandy beaches and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Mount Nesugatayama Observatory, get outside with Tatadohama Beach, walk around Ryugu Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Yumigahama Beach, then make a trip to Irozaki, and finally stroll around Yusuge Park. On the next day, kick back and relax at Shirahama Beach, admire the sheer force of Kawazu Nanadaru Waterfalls, get a new perspective on things with Dogashima Cave Excursion Boat, then head off the coast to Dogashima Island, then take in the dramatic natural features at Dogashima Tensodo Cave, and finally test the waters at Osawaso Yamanoie.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Shimoda vacation builder site.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Shimoda takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Matsumoto in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Shimoda, with lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Shimoda

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:
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Park
Ryugu Park
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Landmark
Irozaki
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4
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yudaki Falls and Nasu Animal Kingdom. Get out of town with these interesting Nikko side-trips: Nasu-machi (Mt. Nasu & Fujishiro Seiji Museum). Pack the 22nd (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, and take in the pleasant sights at Senjogahara Field.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Nikko online visit planner.

Getting from Shimoda to Nikko by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Nikko, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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Water Body
Lake Chuzenji
4.1
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Waterfall
Yudaki Falls
4.4

6
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Waho-An NATURE Tokyo and Samurai Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Yokohama (Yamashita Park & Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal), Jogashima Island (in Jogashima) and Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) (in Saru-jima). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zojo-ji Temple, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the world behind art at teamLab☆Planets, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Tokyo sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

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Religious Site
Zojo-ji Temple
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Bridge
Rainbow Bridge
4.2

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