13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Bucharest
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
5
Nara
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  19​h
End: Bucharest

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Hase-dera Temple and Yanaka. Get some cultural insight at Nezu Shrine and Ueno. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) & Kencho-ji Temple). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojo-ji Temple.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo route builder tool .

Bucharest, Romania to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Bucharest to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bucharest in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 7°C in Tokyo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kamakura
Highlights from your plan
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): head outdoors with Mont Deus Hidakuraiyama Michi-no-Eki, admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, don't miss a visit to Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, and finally indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then steep yourself in history at Kanda house, then take in panoramic vistas at Tenshukakau Observatory, and finally see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Takayama trip tool .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Takayama takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in March, expect Takayama to be little chillier, temps between 13°C and 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course
Kanda house ©
Kanda house
Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine ©
Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tenryuji Temple and Kodai-ji Temple. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nanzen-ji Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, get great views at Sagano, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanzen-in Temple, and steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip maker app .

You can drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then appreciate the views at Arima Onsen, and then wander the streets of Dotonbori. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kashihara Jingu, take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple, and then get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Osaka route builder tool .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. March in Osaka sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Kashihara Jingu, Arima Onsen, Horyu-ji Temple
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Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Kashihara Jingu
Kashihara Jingu

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, identify plant and animal life at Rokuen, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Nara tour itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daytime highs in Nara are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

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