Around Tokyo&Mt.Fuji 7 Days Itinerary-B

Summary

  • Start
    Haneda airport or Tokyo/Shinjuku/Shibuya Station
  • Finish
    Haneda airport or Tokyo/Shinjuku/Shibuya Station
  • Mileage
    Total 1050km
    150km per day
  • Travel Pace
    Relaxing
  • Onsen Stay
    Max.5 nights
  • Recommended Seasons
    All year round

This itinerary takes 7 days to circle around Tokyo and Mt.Fuji.
Due to standard daily mileage and by staying consecutive nights in 2 cities, you can travel at a relaxing pace.

If you want to stay in Tokyo after the road trip, you can return the car not to the airport but to Tokyo. Due to traffic jams and lack of parking, walking and the train are more convenient for sightseeing in Tokyo.

 

Tokyo – Hakone/Atami(Sample)

Start: Tokyo (東京)
Finish:Hakone or Atami (箱根/熱海)
Mileage:
To Hakone: 130km
To Atami: 155km
Travel Pace: Normal

On this day, you will head from Tokyo to either Hakone or Atami. Hakone and Atami are only about 25km apart, so it doesn’t matter which one you stay at.

Recommended Itinerary(Sample)

1

Rental car branch at Haneda airport, Narita airport or Tokyo

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9:00

The mileage is not very long, about 130-155km, but there are so many attractions such as Kamakura and Enoshima. And roads around Kamakura and Enoshima area are especially congested on weekends, so we recommend that you depart as early as possible.




75 min

2

Kamakura city & Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

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Kamakura Tsuruoka Hachimangu Shrine

10:15

The first destination is the ancient city [Kamakura city & Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine]. This shrine is known as a shrine related to Minamoto no Yoritomo (the shogun who established the first samurai government) and is a majestic shrine that boasts 5th place in the worship ranking.
Also, between Tsurugaoka Hachimangu and Kamakura Station, there is [Komachi Street], which is full of 250 shops. It is crowded with many worshipers and tourists, and you can enjoy eating while walking.

Kamakura’s Komachi Street is bustling during the New Year




10 min

3

Kamakura Great Buddha

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The Great Buddha of Kamakura. You can also visit Hase Temple in 5 minutes on foot.

11:30

About 3km west of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine, there is [Kamakura Great Buddha], which is a symbol of Kamakura. There is also a [Hase Dera Temple], which is known for its hydrangea and Japan’s largest wood carving Kannon in walking distance, so please visit them as a set.




25 min

4

Enoshima island

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Enoshima island

12:50

After leaving Kamakura, head to Enoshima. There are cafes with a nice atmosphere and restaurants that are typical of the Shonan area, so it is recommended for lunch. Speaking of Enoshima, you can’t miss the famous raw shirasu-don (raw whitebait bowl).

Enoshima and other areas along Sagami Bay are famous for their shirasu rice bowls.




90 min

5

Owakudani

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Owakudani Valley emitting a plume of smoke

15:50

After leaving Enoshima, you will drive further west along the sea.
If you have time, please head to Hakone’s [Owakudani]. It is a powerful observatory where you can witness an active volcano. Black eggs, which are said to extend your lifespan by 7 years when you eat one, are very popular.

It is said that eating one of these black eggs will extend your life span by seven years.




15 min

6

Inn in Hakone or Atami

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17:10

On this day you will stay in Hakone or Atami. Both are super famous hot spring areas. Please relax and heal from the active first day.




Driving Map For the Day(Sample)

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
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[Drive Map]Tokyo-HakoneAtami – Google マイマップ
Tokyo-HakoneAtami

Where to stay in Hakone or Atami

On this day, you will stay in either Hakone Town or Atami City. It is 25km and takes about 40min. Both of them are nationally famous onsen areas.

①Hakone(箱根)
Hakone is smaller than Atami but has many luxury onsen ryokans.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 4 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for onsens and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are a few restaurants for dinner in this area and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

②Atami(熱海)
Atami is a bigger city than Hakone and has more inexpensive inns.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for onsens and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are many restaurants around Atami Station and the “Atami Ginza” area. However, Atami is surrounded by mountains and if your inn is located mountainside, it is very tough to have dinner there and highly recommended to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

 

Hakone/Atami – Hakone/Atami

Start:Hakone(箱根) or Atami(熱海)
Finish:Hakone(箱根) or Atami(熱海)
Mileage:130-180km
Travel Pace: Fast

On this day you will stay in Hakone or Atami again and go around the Izu Peninsula.

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Inn in Hakone or Atami

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9:00

The mileage is about 130-180km and there are many sightseeing spots. There are also many places to go for a walk. Especially for those staying in Hakone, we recommend that you leave by 8-9 o’clock.




80 min

2

Jogasaki Cape

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Kadonowaki Suspension Bridge on Jogasaki Coast

10:20

First, head south along the sea to [Jogasaki Cape]. The Kadowaki Suspension Bridge over the cliff is impressive.




50 min

This area is known for its delicious seafood. The drive map introduces recommended restaurants and roadside stations, so please enjoy a delicious lunch.

Kaisen-don is a must-try!

3

Kawazu Nanadaru (Seven Waterfalls)

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Kawazu Nanadaki Water Falls: 850m long walking trail takes about one hour one way.

12:00

After that, you will drive further along the sea to [Kawazu Nanadaru (Seven Waterfalls)]. As the name suggests, there are seven beautiful waterfalls scattered around and you can enjoy a pleasant walk.

Kawazu is also famous for its early blooming Kawazu cherry blossoms. Be sure to go see Kawazu cherry blossoms when you go in February.

Kawazu cherry blossoms are famous for blooming early.(Beg Feb-Beg-Mar)




35 min

4

Shuzenji

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Bamboo forest path in Shuzenji

14:10

From there you will cross the Amagi Pass and head north. If you have time, stop by Shuzenji. Although it is a hot spring area, the bamboo grove is also famous. There are footbaths and teahouses, so please enjoy going for a walk.




35 min

5

Mishima Skywalk

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Mishima Skywalk

16:15

The last highlight of the day is the longest suspension bridge for pedestrians in Japan [Mishima Skywalk].
If the weather is nice, you can worship Mt. Fuji, which is illuminated by the setting sun and dyes red.




15 min

6

Inn in Hakone or Atami

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17:30

On this day, you will be staying at Hakone or Atami inn again. Please enjoy the atmosphere of a Japanese onsen Ryokan.

Also, if you want to take a leisurely trip on this day, you can enjoy the area around Hakone and Numazu without going to Kawazu, so please consult with your time and physical strength to decide.




Driving Map For the Day

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
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[Drive Map]Hakone/Atami-Hakone/Atami – Google マイマップ
Hakone/Atami-Hakone/Atami

Where to stay in Hakone or Atami

On this day, you will stay in either Hakone town or Atami city. It is 25km and takes about 40min. Both of them are nationally famous onsen areas.

①Hakone(箱根)
Hakone is small but has many luxury onsen ryokans.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for onsens and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are a few restaurants for dinner in this area and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

②Atami(熱海)
Atami is a bigger city and has more inexpensive inns.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for onsens and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are many restaurants around Atami Station and the “Atami Ginza” area. However, Atami is surrounded by mountains and if your inn is located mountainside, it is very tough to have dinner there and highly recommended to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

 

Hakone/Atami – Mt.Fuji

Start:Hakone(箱根) or Atami(熱海)
Finish:Mt.Fuji(Lake Kawaguchiko)(河口湖)
Mileage:130km
Travel Pace: Normal

On this day, you will go around Mt. Fuji clockwise from Hakone or Atami to Lake Kawaguchi, one of the Fuji Five Lakes.

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Inn in Hakone or Atami

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9:00

The mileage is about 130km, which is short, but there are many sightseeing spots, so please start according to the places you want to go.




10 min

2

Ashinoko Skyline road

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Ashinoko Skyline

9:10

You will drive comfortably on the [Ashinoko Skyline] first thing in the morning. It may be a little detour, but you can enjoy the real pleasure of a driving trip while seeing the beautiful scenery of Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashi.




60 min

3

Mt. Fuji Hongu Sengen Taisya Shrine

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Fuji-san Hongu Sengen Taisha shrine

11:10

After that, you will head to [Mt. Fuji Hongu Sengen Taisya Shrine]. Using the expressway (E1A) will save you time.
At [Omiya Yokocho] opposite the shrine, you can compare the taste of Fujinomiya Yakisoba, which is synonymous with Fujinomiya, so it is ideal for lunch.

Enjoy eating Fujinomiya yakisoba and Shizuoka oden.




20 min

4

Shiraito Waterfalls(Fuji)

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Shiraito Falls, a 150-meter cascade of spring water from Mt.Fuji

13:00

After lunch, you will head to Shiraito Waterfalls (Fuji), the biggest highlight of the day, with Mt. Fuji on your side. They are must-see waterfalls with a height of 20m and a width of 200m.




60 min

5

Mt.Arakurayama Sengen Park

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Arakurayama Sengen Park is popular for taking pictures that are uniquely Japanese. Sakura:Beg Apr-Mid Apr

15:00

After leaving Shiraito Falls, you will finally be approaching the Fuji Five Lakes area.
From the east, there are five lakes, Lake Motosuko, Lake Shojiko, Lake Saiko, Lake Kawaguchiko, and Lake Yamanakako. Especially, we recommend [Mt.Arakura Sengen Park] near Lake Kawaguchiko. It is a popular spot where you can see Mt. Fuji and the five-storied pagoda as a set.




10 min

Many tourist spots are scattered around the Fuji Five Lakes. If you go directly to Lake Kawaguchiko without turning Mt. Fuji clockwise, you can relax comfortably. Please consider the process according to your destination by referring to the drive map.

Fujikyu Highland can play the whole day.
“Hannoki Forest Museum & Sokonuke Pond” in Oshino Hakkai is highly recommended

In addition, there are many famous spots for flowers and autumn leaves around Mt. Fuji that can only be reached by car. These are must-visit places if you visit in spring and autumn.

Fuji Shiba Cherry Blossom Festival is held from mid-April to late May.
View of Mt. Fuji and the Suicide Forest of autumn leaves from Momiji-dai (early November to late November)

6

Inn in Lake Kawaguchiko

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16:10

The area around Lake Kawaguchiko is a famous hot spring resort. It will be a long-distance drive tomorrow, so please take a rest and save your energy at the hot springs of Lake Kawaguchiko. Yamanashi’s specialty [hoto] is also recommended for dinner.

Hoto, a local cuisine of Yamanashi




Driving Map For the Day

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
Check pin color and MAPCODE usage.

[Drive Map]Hakone/Atami-LakeKawaguchiko – Google マイマップ
Hakone/Atami-LakeKawaguchiko

Where to stay in Lake Kawaguchiko

Lake Kawaguchiko, located on the northern side of Mt. Fuji, is one of the Fuji Five Lakes and is also famous for its onsen. Many inns line the eastern shore of the lake.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns like 3-star western-style hotels and 5-star Japanese Ryokans.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for onsens and some of the inns have one. Some hotels provide you can enjoy an open-air onsen with a Mt.Fuji view.
    There are no onsens in this town and no inns have onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.
    There are a few restaurants around in this area but it is recommended to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

 

Mt.Fuji – Mt.Fuji

Start:Mt.Fuji(Lake Kawaguchiko)(河口湖)
Finish:Mt.Fuji(Lake Kawaguchiko)(河口湖)
Mileage:80km
Travel Pace: Relax

On this day, you will stay at Lake Kawaguchiko as you did yesterday and tour around the Fuji Five Lakes.

Recommended Itinerary

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Inn in Lake Kawaguchiko

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10:00

The mileage is about 80km even if you go to the 5th station of Mt. Fuji, so it is a day when you can travel comfortably.




10 min

2

Mt.Arakurayama Sengen Park

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Arakurayama Sengen Park is popular for taking pictures that are uniquely Japanese. Sakura:Beg Apr-Mid Apr

10:10

First of all, if you haven’t visited yet, please visit [Mt.Arakurayama Sengen Park] near Lake Kawaguchi. It is a popular spot where you can see Mt. Fuji and the five-storied pagoda as a set, so the first visit in the morning is recommended.




20 min

3

Oshino Hakkai

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“Hannoki Forest Museum & Sokonuke Pond” in Oshino Hakkai is highly recommended

11:30

After that, you will drive toward Lake Yamanakako and head for the very famous [Oshino Hakkai].
[Oshino Hakkai] near Lake Yamanakako are the eight springs that make the underground water of Mt. Fuji come up. It is registered as a World Cultural Heritage along with Mt. Fuji.

Please use either of the following parking lots.
Hinodeya Parking Lot(ひのでや駐車場): MAPCODE 161 130 608
Ikemoto Parking Lot(池本駐車場): MAPCODE 161 130 849




15 min

4

Lunch

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Houtou, a local cuisine of Yamanashi

12:40

Speaking of lunch in Yamanashi, hoto is recommended. Please refer driving map. In particular, there are many hoto restaurants around Lake Kawaguchiko.

Also, the map introduces famous hamburger shops and robatayaki restaurants with a nice atmosphere, so please refer to them.

At the western confectionery and coffee shop [Abend] (MAPCODE: 161 215 436), you can enjoy anmitsu, waffles, and specialty curry made from Fuji’s famous water.




35 min

5

Fuji Subaru Line 5th station

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Fuji Subaru Line, a comfortable drive while enjoying the spectacular view from Mt.Fuji

14:20

After lunch, you’re finally heading to today’s highlight, Mt.Fuji. After drivinging the [Fuji Subaru Line] for about 30km from the Mt. Fuji World Heritage Center, you will arrive at the [Mt. Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station]. Located at an altitude of about 2300 meters, it offers wonderful views of the Fuji Five Lakes and the mountains of the Alps.
* General vehicles cannot run from mid-July to mid-September. Please be careful. Also, the 5th station is 10 ℃ colder than the base, so be sure to bring warm clothes.




60 min

6

Saiko Iyashi no sato NENBA

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Saiko Iyashi no sato NENBA

16:15

If you still have time to go down to the foot of the mountain, we recommend [Saiko Iyashi no sato NENBA] near Saiko. The restored thatched-roof houses are lined up, and it is truly a world of old Japanese tales.




20 min

There are numerous tourist destinations scattered around the Fuji Five Lakes.
You can play for a whole day at [Fuji-Q Highland] and [Museum of Music and Forests], and in spring and autumn there are many famous spots for flowers and autumn leaves, so please visit according to the weather.

Fuji-Q Highland can play the whole day. Recommended for teenagers.
Fuji Shiba Cherry Blossom Festival is held from mid-April to late May.
Lake Yamanakako Hananomiyako Park where you can enjoy seasonal flowers (tulips late April-early May, sunflowers mid-August-late August, cosmos late August-mid October, etc.)
View of Mt. Fuji and the Suicide Forest of autumn leaves from Momiji-dai (early November to late November)

7

Inn in Lake Kawaguchiko

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17:30

It will be a long-distance drive tomorrow, so please take a rest and save your energy at the hot springs of Lake Kawaguchiko.




Driving Map For the Day

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
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[Drive Map]LakeKawaguchiko-LakeKawaguchiko – Google マイマップ
LakeKawaguchiko-LakeKawaguchiko

Where to stay in Lake Kawaguchiko

Lake Kawaguchiko, located on the northern side of Mt. Fuji, is one of the Fuji Five Lakes and is also famous for its Onsen. Many inns line the eastern shore of the lake.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns like 3-star western-style hotels and 5-star Japanese Ryokans.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for Onsen and some of the inns have one. Some hotels provide you can enjoy an open-air Onsen with a Mt.Fuji view.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are some restaurants around in this area but it is recommended to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

 

Mt.Fuji – Matsumoto

Start:Mt.Fuji(Lake Kawaguchiko)(河口湖)
Finish:Matsumoto (松本)
Mileage:190km
Travel Pace:Fast

On this day you will head from Lake Kawaguchiko to Matsumoto.

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Inn in Lake Kawaguchiko

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9:00

The mileage is long, about 180km. Please use the expressway if the car navigation system recommends it to save time.




10 min

Mt.Arakurayama Sengen Park

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Arakurayama Sengen Park is very popular among foreigners for taking pictures that are uniquely Japanese.

9:10

First of all, if you haven’t visited yet, please visit [Mt.Arakurayama Sengen Park] near Lake Kawaguchiko. It is a popular spot where you can see Mt. Fuji and the five-storied pagoda as a set, so the first visit in the morning is recommended.




80 min

Shosenkyo Gorge

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Shosenkyo Gorge is said to be the most beautiful valley in Japan

11:30

After that, you will head to [Shosenkyo Gorge]. Here you can enjoy a stroll through the valley of strange rocks and rivers.




50 min

4

Seisenryo

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Kiyosato Terrace, Yatsugatake

14:20

Then you will head north to Yatsugatake. Please use the expressway (E20) to reduce travel time.

Around Kiyosato, there is soft serve ice cream made from rich jersey milk and nice restaurants making it a perfect spot for lunch.

Seisenryo’s soft-serve ice cream is a must-try!




40 min

5

Lake Suwa Observatory(Tateishi Park)

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Lake Suwa, overlooked from Tateishi Park, is the setting for the anime “Kimi no na wa”

15:30

After that, you will head to the highlight of the day, [Lake Suwa Observatory (Tateishi Park)]. Please use the expressway (E20) to reduce travel time.
It is a place that became famous as a sacred place for the animated movie “Your Name”, and you can enjoy a wonderful sight, especially at dusk.




50 min

6

Matsumoto Castle

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Magnificent view of Matsumoto Castle

16:50

The final destination of the day is [Matsumoto Castle], which is synonymous with Matsumoto. Please use the expressway (E19) to reduce travel time.

You can see the inside of the castle tower, which is one of the few original castle towers in Japan. However, please note that the final admission time is 16:30 – 17:30 depending on the seasons.

Matsumoto castle



10 min

7

Inn in Matsumoto

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18:00

Matsumoto, the largest city in Nagano prefecture. Many restaurants are open until night, so you don’t have to worry about dinner.
If you have time, we recommend taking a walk along “Nakamachi-Dori street”, which is lined with buildings with Namako walls.

Matsumoto Nakamachi Street lined with sea cucumber walls




Driving Map For the Day

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
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[Drive Map]LakeKawaguchiko-Matsumoto – Google マイマップ
LakeKawaguchiko-Matsumoto

Where to stay in Matsumoto

On this day, you will stay in Matsumoto (松本) city.
Many inns are concentrated in the following two areas.

①Around Matsumoto Station
The inns are concentrated east side of Matsumoto Station. This area is convenient for dinner and visiting Matsumoto castle but no inns offer Onsens.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

②Asama Onsen(浅間温泉)
This hot spring resort area is located 4km north of Matsumoto station. If you would like to stay in better accommodation with Onsen, here is recommended.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This area is famous for onsen and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are few restaurants in this area and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

 

Matsumoto – Karuizawa

Start: Matsumoto (松本)
Finish: Karuizawa (軽井沢)
Mileage:130km
Travel Pace: Normal

On this day, you will head from Matsumoto to Karuizawa via the Venus Line, one of Japan’s leading tourist mountain roads. This is one of the biggest highlights of this road trip.

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Inn in Matsumoto

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9:00

The mileage is short, about 130km, but about 50km of it is a mountain road. There are also many attractions and places to go for a walk, so it is recommended that you start early.




55 min

2

Utsukushigahara Open Air Museum

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Utsukushigahara Kogen Museum of Art seems to float in the sky

9:55

When you leave Matsumoto, you first go up the mountain road called Azalea Line to [Utsukushigahara Open Air Museum]. The museum itself is wonderful and the amazing view is a must-see.




25 min

3

Mitsumine Viewing Platform

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The Great Observatory of the Mitsumine is a great place to take a break.

11:20

After that, you will finally be on the [Venus Line] drive.
Please drop in at [Mitsumine Viewing Platform]. You can take a break while gazing at the superb view.

Venus Line, which everyone wants to drive at least once




35 min

4

Yashima Wetlands

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Yashima wetlands stretching across the plateau

12:40

You then head to [Yashima Wetlands]. You can take a walk in the marshland, which stretches over a plateau at an altitude of 1600 m, and is full of rare plants and flowers.




15 min

5

Kurumayama Highland

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Magnificent Nature of Kurumayama Plateau

13:50

After Yashima wetlands, you will enter the most beautiful section of the Venus Line. There are some shops to take a rest and observatories along the way, so stop by and enjoy a drive.
After that, it is the biggest highlight of the day [Kurumayama Highland]. A truly awesome 360-degree view spreads out. You need to take a lift to the top of the mountain, but you will never regret it. Highly recommended.




90 min

After leaving Kurumayama Highland, you will go down to [Shirakaba Lake], then leave the Venus Line and head toward Karuizawa.

6

Inn in Karuizawa

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16:55

There are many nice restaurants in Karuizawa where you will stay on this day, but all of them are closed from 8 to 9 pm due to regulations. The convenience stores also close at 23:00. Please make sure you arrive at the inn by about 6 pm so you don’t miss your dinner.
A walk in the town of Karuizawa will be tomorrow.




Driving Map For the Day

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
Check pin color and MAPCODE usage.

[Drive Map]Matsumoto-Karuizawa – Google マイマップ
Matsumoto-Karuizawa

Where to stay in Karuizawa

On this day, you will stay in Karuizawa city(軽井沢) which is famous for its summer and snow resorts.
The inns are spread over a wide area around Karuizawa Station.
And when you stay in Karuizawa, be aware of the strict town ordinances. All restaurants close by 21:00 and all convenience stores also close at 23:00.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Most inns don’t have onsen. If you would like to stay at an inn with an onsen, “Karuizawa Prince hotel” is recommended.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are many nice restaurants for dinner around the hotel. And some inns also provide nice dinner too. Therefore, please make reservations according to your preference. Due to the town ordinances, most of the restaurants close around 20:00-21:00. Please note that there is no place where you can eat dinner at a late time.

 

Karuizawa – Tokyo

Start: Karuizawa (軽井沢)
Finish: Tokyo (東京)
Mileage:190km
Travel Pace: Fast

You will return to Tokyo from Karuizawa on this day.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Karuizawa

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9:00

The mileage is long at about 190km and it is a tough day.
There are many attractions in Karuizawa city and around Tomioka, so enjoy sightseeing there, and then return to Tokyo using the Kan-etsu Expressway(E18).




5 min

2

Kyukaruizawa Ginza Street

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292 676 492*30What is MAPCODE?

Old Karuizawa Ginza Street is a fun place to eat and walk around.

9:05

The first destination is [Kyukaruizawa Ginza Street]. It is the main street of Karuizawa, a historic summer resort. It’s a fun way to stroll around the cute churches and the bakery that John Lennon used to go to.




15 min

3

Karuizawa Lake Garden

Parking MAPCODE:

292 464 474*42What is MAPCODE?

Enjoy autumn leaves and autumn roses at Karuizawa Lake Garden in October at the same time.

10:15

The next destination will be [Karuizawa Lake Garden]. The rose season is in spring and the season of autumn leaves is breathtaking.




40 min

After leaving Karuizawa, take the expressway (E18) toward Tokyo.
There is a very popular matcha ice cream shop along the way, so it is recommended for a break.

At Chafé Chakki, you can compare ice cream with different matcha intensities.

4

Tomioka Silk Mill

Parking MAPCODE:

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World Heritage Tomioka Silk Mill

12:00

2km from there, you will arrive at the World Cultural Heritage [Tomioka Silk Mill]. The factories and warehouses that greatly contributed to the modernization of Japan remain as they were when they first opened 150 years ago.

Please use the following parking lots.
① Nearest parking lot (charged) MAPCODE: 94 002 243*32 In front of the Tomioka Silk Mill
② Machinaka Exchange Center (charged) MAPCODE: 94 002 374*80




70 min

5

Kawagoe

Parking MAPCODE:

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Allow 2-3 hours to explore Kawagoe, which is full of attractions.

14:30

The distance from Tomioka Silk Mill to Tokyo (Tokyo Station) is about 130km, and it takes about 2 hours using the expressways (E18, E17).
There is also Little Edo [Kawagoe] on the way, so it is recommended that first-timers adjust the time.

In Kawagoe, please use the following parking lots.
[1] Paid parking lot MAPCODE: 14 013 220 * 58
[2] Free parking lot (1km on foot) MAPCODE: 14 014 743 * 46




60 min

6

Rental car branch at Haneda Airport, Narita Airport or Tokyo

Parking MAPCODE:

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17:30
This is the end of this road trip.

①Returning a car at Haneda Airport
They provide a free shuttle bus from the branch to the airport. Normally it takes 15-20 min but may take up to 1 hour during busy times.

②Returning a car at Narita Airport
If you use Narita Airport, please be aware that it is about 70km from central Tokyo and about 1 hour by expressway. They provide a free shuttle bus from the branch to the airport. Normally it takes 15-30 min but may take up to 1 hour during busy times.

③Returning a car in Tokyo
Traffic jams often occur in Tokyo. Be sure to return your car with plenty of time to spare.

There are 80,000 restaurants in Tokyo! Enjoy your last Japanese meal before returning to your home country as much as you want!

Shibuya Crossing
Akihabara takes 20min from Shinjuku by train
There are many high-end Sushi restaurants in Tokyo




Also, if you look at the driving map of the day, you will see a lot of pink pins. It means that there are many famous places for flowers and autumn leaves in the surrounding area. If you are traveling during those seasons, please give priority to your visit.

Akaginanmen Thousand Cherry Blossom (early to mid-April)
Misato Shiba-zakura Park: mid-April-early May
Poppy Happy Square (mid to late May)

Driving Map For the Day

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
Check pin color and MAPCODE usage.

[Drive Map]Karuizawa-Tokyo – Google マイマップ
Karuizawa-Tokyo

Where to stay in Tokyo

If you are planning to stay overnight in Tokyo, we recommend the following places.
①Shinjuku Station
Convenient for sightseeing, shopping, and eating.
②Shibuya Station
Convenient for sightseeing, shopping, and eating.
③Tokyo Station
Recommended for travelers who will take Shinkansen.
④Haneda Airport
There are some huge hotels at the airport.
⑤Narita Airport
As you may know, Narita Airport is located 80km away from Tokyo and takes about 2 hours by car. Please travel well in advance of your schedule.

  • Inn Type
    There are about 3,000 inns in Tokyo. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    A few inns provide onsen.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are 80,000 restaurants in Tokyo. As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

 

Rental Car Booking

Please rent a car with below “Rentalcars.com” link.

  • The abundant number of rental cars
  • Price comparisons with several major car rental companies
  • Free cancellation
*Please change the location and date by yourself
Pick-up & Drop-off Location Guide
  • Airport
    Tokyo has 2 main airports. Haneda is close to Tokyo and Narita is 70km away.
    If you arrive after 14:00 at Haneda or 12:00 at Narita airport, consider staying overnight around the airport or in Tokyo and departing the next morning.
    • Haneda Airport
      20km to center of Tokyo
      30-45 min to Tokyo, Shibuya and Shinjuku Stations by train.
    • Narita Airport
      70km to center of Tokyo.
      60 minutes from Tokyo by train, 90 minutes by car.
  • Main stations in Tokyo
    • Tokyo Station
      Recommended for travelers who will take Shinkansen.
    • Shinjuku Station
    • Shibuya Station
Important reminder for renting a car
  • GPS(Car Navigation System)
    MAPCODE from Drive Japan navigates you precisely to the parking lot. GPS from major car rental companies(Nippon, ORIX, Nissan, Times) are always MAPCODE compatible. However, if you are renting a car from another company, we recommend that you check with the rental company after making a reservation, just to be sure.
  • One-way Rental
    You can rent at the airport and return at the stations, and vice versa. Normally, the one-way charge is about JPY3000~7000.
  • Child Seat
    In Japan, the use of a child safety seat or baby seat is mandatory for children under 5 years old.
    Be sure to request one from “Extras”.
  • Snow Tire
    If you travel from the end of November to the end of March, you must book a car with snow tires.

Hotel Booking

You can book recommended hotels for this itinerary from below links.
We recommends hotels because of below reasons.
・Inn with parking
・Convenient location
・Middle class hotels about JPY8,000-15,000/person/night

Start Date

/ stay in Hakone or Atami
Recommended Inn

Hotel Okada

On this day, you will stay in either Hakone town or Atami city. It is 25km and takes about 40min. Both of them are nationally famous onsen areas.

①Hakone(箱根)
Hakone is small but has many luxury onsen ryokans.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for onsens and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are a few restaurants for dinner in this area and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

②Atami(熱海)
Atami is a bigger city and has more inexpensive inns.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for onsens and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are many restaurants around Atami Station and the “Atami Ginza” area. However, Atami is surrounded by mountains and if your inn is located mountainside, it is very tough to have dinner there and highly recommended to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.
/ stay in Hakone or Atami
Recommended Inn

Hotel Okada

On this day, you will stay in either Hakone town or Atami city. It is 25km and takes about 40min. Both of them are nationally famous onsen areas.

①Hakone(箱根)
Hakone is small but has many luxury onsen ryokans.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for onsens and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are a few restaurants for dinner in this area and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

②Atami(熱海)
Atami is a bigger city and has more inexpensive inns.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for onsens and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are many restaurants around Atami Station and the “Atami Ginza” area. However, Atami is surrounded by mountains and if your inn is located mountainside, it is very tough to have dinner there and highly recommended to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.
/ stay in Mt.Fuji(Lake Kawaguchiko)
Recommended Inn

Fuji Lake Hotel

Lake Kawaguchiko, located on the northern side of Mt. Fuji, is one of the Fuji Five Lakes and is also famous for its onsen. Many inns line the eastern shore of the lake.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns like 3-star western-style hotels and 5-star Japanese Ryokans.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for onsens and some of the inns have one. Some hotels provide you can enjoy an open-air onsen with a Mt.Fuji view.
    There are no onsens in this town and no inns have onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.
    There are a few restaurants around in this area but it is recommended to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.
/ stay in Mt.Fuji(Lake Kawaguchiko)
Recommended Inn

Fuji Lake Hotel

Lake Kawaguchiko, located on the northern side of Mt. Fuji, is one of the Fuji Five Lakes and is also famous for its onsen. Many inns line the eastern shore of the lake.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns like 3-star western-style hotels and 5-star Japanese Ryokans.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This town is famous for onsens and some of the inns have one. Some hotels provide you can enjoy an open-air onsen with a Mt.Fuji view.
    There are no onsens in this town and no inns have onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.
    There are a few restaurants around in this area but it is recommended to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.
/ stay in Matsumoto
Recommended Inn

Hotel Buena Vista

On this day, you will stay in Matsumoto (松本) city.
Many inns are concentrated in the following two areas.

①Around Matsumoto Station
The inns are concentrated east side of Matsumoto Station. This area is convenient for dinner and visiting Matsumoto castle but no inns offer Onsens.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

②Asama Onsen(浅間温泉)
This hot spring resort area is located 4km north of Matsumoto station. If you would like to stay in better accommodation with Onsen, here is recommended.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    This area is famous for onsen and most of the inns have one.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are few restaurants in this area and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.
/ stay in Karuizawa
Recommended Inn

Karuizawa Prince Hotel East

On this day, you will stay in Karuizawa city(軽井沢) which is famous for its summer and snow resorts.
The inns are spread over a wide area around Karuizawa Station.
And when you stay in Karuizawa, be aware of the strict town ordinances. All restaurants close by 21:00 and all convenience stores also close at 23:00.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Most inns don’t have onsen. If you would like to stay at an inn with an onsen, “Karuizawa Prince hotel” is recommended.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are many nice restaurants for dinner around the hotel. And some inns also provide nice dinners too. Therefore, please make reservations according to your preference. Due to the town ordinances, most of the restaurants close around 20:00-21:00. Please note that there is no place where you can eat dinner at a late time.
/ stay in Tokyo(If you need)
Recommended Inn

Keio Plaza Hotel

If you are planning to stay overnight in Tokyo, we recommend the following places.
①Shinjuku Station
Convenient for sightseeing, shopping, and eating.
②Shibuya Station
Convenient for sightseeing, shopping, and eating.
③Tokyo Station
Recommended for travelers who will take Shinkansen.
④Haneda Airport
There are some huge hotels at the airport.
⑤Narita Airport
As you may know, Narita Airport is located 80km away from Tokyo and takes about 2 hours by car. Please travel well in advance of your schedule.

  • Inn Type
    There are about 3,000 inns in Tokyo. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    A few inns provide onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are 80,000 restaurants in Tokyo. As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.
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