10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

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10 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
Fly:  13​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
2
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Istanbul

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal and Ueno. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kinomiya Shrine (in Atami) and Mt. Takao (in Hachioji). The adventure continues: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hie Jinjya, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For reviews and tourist information, read Tokyo road trip website .

Istanbul, Turkey to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Istanbul to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Istanbul in November since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Kinomiya Shrine, Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, Mt. Takao
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Food Tours
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal ©
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, then enjoy breathtaking views from Harukas 300 Observation Deck, and finally admire the striking features of Umeda Sky Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Osaka tour planning site .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. November in Osaka sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Amanohashidate, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Genkoan, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Enkō-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanzen-in Temple.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Kyoto online trip builder .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In November in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Amanohashidate
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Amanohashidate ©
Amanohashidate

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