11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 1 night
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Tokyo

— 4 nights
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.
Head to Ginza and Takeshita Streetfor some retail therapy. Do some cultural sightseeing at Odaiba District and Akihabara. The adventure continues: make a trip to Tokyo Tower, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, indulge your senses at ►► Withlocals™ - Local Private Tours 🇯🇵, and shop like a local with Asakusa.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip builder tool.

Zurich, Switzerland to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Zurich to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in September, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Kyoto

— 4 nights
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.
For shopping fun, head to Nishiki Market Shopping District or Misuyabari. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and stop by Arashiyama.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto journey site.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Kyoto are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Osaka

— 1 night
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 15th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, then wander the streets of Dotombori District, and finally stop by Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Osaka day trip planning website.

Take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Osaka are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Himeji

— 1 night
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 16th (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en and then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Himeji day trip app.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Himeji are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.