10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

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10 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Shanghai
Fly:  5 h 45 min
1
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  1 h 30 min
2
Yoshino-cho
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Nara
— Few hours
Train:  45 min
4
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  15 min
6
Otsu
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
7
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Bus + Train:  1 h 15 min
9
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h
End: Shanghai

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 5th (Sun): get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe.

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Shanghai, China to Osaka is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or ride a ferry. The time zone changes from China Standard Time (CST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Mon) before leaving for Yoshino-cho.

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Fun & Games
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe

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hours
Yoshino-cho

Yoshino-cho ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mt. Yoshino. On the 6th (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yoshino.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Yoshino-cho journey planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Yoshino-cho takes 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Yoshino-cho are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nara.

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Parks Nature
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Mt. Yoshino ©
Mt. Yoshino

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Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 28th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, take an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nara itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Yoshino-cho to Nara takes 1.5 hours. March in Nara sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Museums
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Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall ©

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Osaka

Osaka ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street and then take a stroll through Midosuji Street.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Osaka online route maker.

You can take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to drive. On the 29th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Kyoto.

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Neighborhoods Shopping
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Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street
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Midosuji Street

2
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nanzen-ji Temple.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Otsu.

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Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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Otsu

Otsu ©
The lake port city of Otsu has a wealth of sites of historical and cultural importance and lies within close proximity to Kyoto.
Miho Museum has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ritsuin Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Komponchudo.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Otsu trip itinerary website .

Otsu is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In April in Otsu, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Otsu

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Miho Museum
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Miho Museum ©
Miho Museum

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night
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): examine the collection at Kawaguchiko Muse Museum, Atae Yuki Bldg., contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip builder site.

Drive from Otsu to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from Otsu, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Koshu
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Daiszenji Temple ©
Daiszenji Temple
Marufuji Winery ©
Marufuji Winery

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hakone-machi driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hakone-machi can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Daiyuzan Saijoji Temple (Doryoson)
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Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone
Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

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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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Ghibli Museum Mitaka as well as Tsukiji Hongwanji. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, then wander the streets of Yanaka, then take a stroll through Ginza, and finally stop by Ginza Itoya Hontren. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiji Hongwanji and then take a stroll through Ueno.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in April, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Yanaka ©
Yanaka
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Ueno ©
Ueno

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