10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

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10 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  15 h
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h 30 min
2
Aomori
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  3 h
3
Nagoya
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
4
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
5
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Matsuyama
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
7
Osaka
— 1 night
Fly:  15 h
End: Auckland

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 27th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hikawa Shrine, steep yourself in history at Hie Jinjya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, then get to know the fascinating history of Hozomon, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, get to know the fascinating history of Kokyo Gaien National Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), then steep yourself in history at Kencho-ji Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planning tool .

Auckland, New Zealand to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Auckland in October, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Aomori.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kamakura, Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

1
night
Aomori

Aomori ©
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take in the natural beauty of Manjufukashi, examine the collection at Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru, admire the striking features of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sannai-Maruyama Ruins, then explore the world behind art at Aomori Museum of Art, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Utou Jinja.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Aomori online vacation planner .

Fly from Tokyo to Aomori in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in October; daily highs in Aomori reach 17°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Aomori

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru ©
Sannai-Maruyama Site ©
Sannai-Maruyama Site
Utou Jinja ©
Utou Jinja

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 30th (Wed), examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Shrine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Arimatsu no Machinami, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nagoya trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Aomori to Nagoya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Aomori in October, with highs in Nagoya at 24°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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.
On the 31st (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

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Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

1
night
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, contemplate the long history of Taisanji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hantaji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joruriji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsubaki Shrine.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Matsuyama vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Hiroshima to Matsuyama by car takes about 3.5 hours. November in Matsuyama sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tsubaki Shrine ©
Tsubaki Shrine
Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Hantaji Temple ©
Hantaji Temple

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Matsuyama to Osaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Toshodai-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine

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