9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Seoul
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Fuji
— 1 day
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Tokyo
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
4
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  30​min
5
Kyoto
— 1 day
train:  30​min
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
7
Tokyo
— Few hours
Fly:  14​h
End: Helsinki

1
night
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes teamLab Planets TOKYO, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Imperial Palace, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Imperial Palace, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then explore the world behind art at teamLab Planets TOKYO, and finally take a stroll through Akihabara.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip planner.

Helsinki, Finland to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Helsinki to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Helsinki in July: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 36°C and lows are around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fuji.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Fun & Games
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Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

1
day
Fuji

Fuji ©
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mt. Fuji 5th Station as well as Lake Kawaguchi. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): make a trip to Chureito Pagoda, then stroll through Lake Kawaguchi, and then make a trip to Mt. Fuji 5th Station.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Fuji online tour builder .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Fuji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Tokyo in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Fuji, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fuji

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Mt. Fuji 5th Station, Lake Kawaguchi, Chureito Pagoda
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Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Mt. Fuji 5th Station ©
Mt. Fuji 5th Station
Chureito Pagoda ©
Chureito Pagoda

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shibuya 109, Sensō-ji and JAPANiCAN - Tsukiji Outer Fish Market and Sushi Workshop. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, expand your horizons at JAPANiCAN - Tsukiji Outer Fish Market and Sushi Workshop, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then browse the different shops at Shibuya 109, and finally take a stroll through Takeshita Street.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Fuji to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Fuji in July, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Classes
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Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Shibuya 109 ©
Shibuya 109

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, Taihei-ji Temple and Shinsekai. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then examine the collection at CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taihei-ji Temple, and finally make a trip to Shinsekai.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Osaka by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Osaka are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA ©
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
Taihei-ji Temple ©
Taihei-ji Temple

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day
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Arashiyama and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. On the 15th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then make a trip to Arashiyama, and then don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip site .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In July in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.
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Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kasuga Grand Shrine as well as Umeda Sky Building. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Umeda Sky Building, then wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and then wander the streets of Dotonbori.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary maker .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nara
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

few
hours
Tokyo

Tokyo
To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo holiday planner .

Take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. On the 18th (Thu), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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