13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Milwaukee
Drive + Fly:  20 h 45 min
1
Nagoya
— 5 nights
Train:  45 min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
3
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Bus + Train:  1 h 15 min
4
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  18 h
End: Milwaukee

5
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kids will enjoy Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium and Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. Explore Nagoya's surroundings by going to Okage Yokocho (in Ise), Toba (Toba Aquarium & Mikimoto Pearl Island) and Nagiso-machi (Momosuke Bridge & Nakasendo Tsumagojuku). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Hotel Shima Spain Mura, don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street, enjoy the sand and surf at Ichigo Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hosho-in (Osu Kannon).

For ratings and other tourist information, read Nagoya online travel route builder .

Milwaukee, USA to Nagoya is an approximately 21-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 15 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nagoya when traveling from Milwaukee in May, with lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Toba, Nagiso-machi, Shima, Nakatsugawa, Okage Yokocho
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Hotel Shima Spain Mura ©
Hotel Shima Spain Mura
Toba Aquarium ©
Toba Aquarium

3
nights
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.
Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Universal Studios Japan in Konohana--about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Heian Shrine, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip website .

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in May, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Hakone Shrine, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then laugh and play at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, get great views at Hakone Ropeway, then don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, and finally contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi day trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Hakone-machi by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Spas Theme Parks Baths
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Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, and then discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Tokyo DisneySea, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and then get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo holiday 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 May, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 61°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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