14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Ho Chi Minh City
Fly:  6 h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train + Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
4
Osaka
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h
End: Ho Chi Minh City

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tsukiji Nippon Fish Port Market, Ueno Park, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and other attractions you added. There's more to do: make a trip to Shibuya Crossing and contemplate the long history of Tokyo Central Railway Station.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planning tool.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Tokyo is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Tokyo, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in March: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites
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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Ueno Park ©
Ueno Park
Shibuya Crossing ©
Shibuya Crossing

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and then get engrossed in the history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, and finally don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi road trip tool.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in March, plan for little chillier days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Thu) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

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

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Gion.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kyoto road trip website.

You can take a train from Hakone-machi to Kyoto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Hakone-machi in April, you will find days in Kyoto are somewhat warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

5
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Yodoko Guesthouse (in Ashiya), Nara (Rokuen, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more) and Higashinada (Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum & Kobe Fashion Museum). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, wander the streets of Dotonbori, and examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka online journey planner.

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In April, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Kobe, Koya-cho, Yodoko Guesthouse, The Kid's Science Museum of Photons
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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