8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Tokyo

— 2 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yomiuri Land and Hozomon. There's still lots to do: walk around Kitanomaru Park, admire the masterpieces at Suntory Museum of Art, don't miss a visit to Marunouchi Naka Street, and indulge in some personalized pampering at ERAWAN Thai Traditional Massage - Tokyo.

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Manchester, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Manchester in December, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (14°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Theme Parks
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Kyoto

— 4 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Minoo Park and Katsura Imperial Villa. Venture out of the city with trips to Mint Museum (in Osaka), Expo '70 Commemorative Park (in Suita) and Komyoji Temple (in Nagaokakyo). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jojakkoji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Tenjuan Garden, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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Fly from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Spas

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Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.