9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Guangzhou
Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 45 min
3
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 45 min
4
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: Guangzhou

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.
You've now added Universal Studios Japan to your itinerary. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, then get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, and finally shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Honten.

To find reviews, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner.

Guangzhou, China to Osaka is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Guangzhou to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Guangzhou in January; daily highs in Osaka reach 10°C and lows reach 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Arima Onsen, Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda ©
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja, steep yourself in history at Genkoan, then steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shinnyodo Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online journey builder .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In January, daytime highs in Kyoto are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Shimogamo Jinja ©
Shimogamo Jinja
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

1
night
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
On the 25th (Sat), fly down the slopes at Mt. Norikura Snow Resort, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hodaka Shrine Okumiya, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hotaka Mountain Range, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukashi Shrine.

For maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Matsumoto trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Matsumoto by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in January, expect Matsumoto to be a bit cooler, temps between 3°C and -3°C. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hotaka Mountain Range, Zensanji Temple
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Fukashi Shrine ©
Fukashi Shrine
Zensanji Temple ©
Zensanji Temple
Hodaka Shrine Okumiya ©
Hodaka Shrine Okumiya

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): visit Ueno. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takao and then take a stroll through Ginza.

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Getting from Matsumoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Matsumoto in January: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Samukawa Shrine, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Mt. Takao
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Samukawa Shrine ©
Samukawa Shrine
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
Kanda Myojin ©
Kanda Myojin

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