5 days in Japan Itinerary

5 days in Japan Itinerary

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5 days in Japan Itinerary

Narita
Drive:  1​h
Tokyo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Ashikaga
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Nikko
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
Narita

1
day
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 12th (Fri): wander the streets of Ueno and then kick back and relax at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park).

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planning site .

Narita to Tokyo is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ashikaga.

Things to do in Tokyo

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Ueno ©
Ueno

few
hours
Ashikaga

Ashikaga ©
Ashikaga is a city located in Tochigi Prefecture, in the northern Kantō region of Japan. On the 13th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isoyama Benzaiten, learn about winemaking at COCO FARM & WINERY, and then explore the ancient world of Ruins of Ashikaga School.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ashikaga trip planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Ashikaga in 1.5 hours. In October in Ashikaga, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Ashikaga

#Historic Sites, #Wineries

Side Trip

Isoyama Benzaiten
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Ruins of Ashikaga School ©
Ruins of Ashikaga School

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Kanaya Hotel History House.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nikko trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Ashikaga to Nikko in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
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Ryuzu Waterfall ©
Ryuzu Waterfall
Takinoo Shrine ©
Takinoo Shrine

1
day
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
On the 15th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shirane Shrine and then explore the activities along Matsukawa Valley.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Yamanouchi-machi travel route builder app .

Traveling by car from Nikko to Yamanouchi-machi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Yamanouchi-machi are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature

Side Trips

Matsukawa Valley, Shirane Shrine, Midama Futoson
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Shirane Shrine ©
Shirane Shrine

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