11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: San Francisco
Fly + Drive:  16 h 30 min
1
Yamanashi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Yamanashi

Yamanashi ©
Spas has been added to your itinerary. On the 26th (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kobu-shigatake, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kentoku, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Shosenkyokageenomori Museum, make a trip to Jiun-ji Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Daiszenji Temple, thenlearn about winemaking at Asaya Winery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Seihaku-ji Temple.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Yamanashi trip itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Yamanashi is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Yamanashi. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Yamanashi, with lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanashi

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Koshu, Shosenkyokageenomori Museum
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Seihaku-ji Temple ©
Seihaku-ji Temple
Spas
Shosenkyokageenomori Museum ©
Shosenkyokageenomori Museum

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Arona Spa Hanare shinjuku kabukicho as well as Magical Trip Tokyo Bar Hopping Night Food Tours. Get some historical perspective at Kencho-ji Temple and Hie Jinjya. Discover out-of-the-way places like Oya History Museum and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple) in Kamakura--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Odaiba District, stop by Ueno District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, and steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

Getting from Yamanashi to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. While traveling from Yamanashi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 74°F. On the 31st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nightlife

Side Trips

Kamakura, Oya History Museum
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Ueno District ©
Ueno District
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanzen-in Temple. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mimurotoji Temple, steep yourself in history at Kifune Shrine, thendon't miss a visit to Mt. Kurama, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto route builder tool.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Uji
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Sanzen-in Temple ©
Sanzen-in Temple

2
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.
On the 3rd (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, thensee the interesting displays at Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, thensee the interesting displays at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Arima Onsen. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Naramachi Koshino Ie, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōzen-ji Temple, and finally take a stroll through Dotombori District.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Osaka planning website.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. August in Osaka sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 77°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Baths

Side Trips

Nara, Horyu-ji Temple, Arima Onsen, Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
Highlights from your plan
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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