8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
3
Osaka
— 2 nights

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and finally make a trip to Shibuya Crossing. On the next day, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, thensee the interesting displays at The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures, and finally take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo driving holiday planner.

Narita to Tokyo is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Tokyo are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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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 18th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. On the next day, take a stroll through Gion, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Kyutei Omuro.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train 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
Gion
Gion

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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.
Step out of Osaka with an excursion to Nara Park in Nara--about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, see the interesting displays at Mizuno Sportology Gallery, and shop like a local with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Osaka are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nara Park
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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