13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Guadalajara
Fly + Train:  18 h 30 min
1
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
3
Nara
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 30 min
4
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  17 h
End: Guadalajara

4
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto holiday planner .

Guadalajara, Mexico to Kyoto is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Guadalajara to Kyoto, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Guadalajara in April, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are cooler, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Venture out of the city with trips to Himeji (Koko-en Garden & Himeji Castle). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senko-ji Temple, and wander the streets of Dotonbori.

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Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In April, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Himeji
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe

1
night
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 12th (Sun): make a trip to Byodoin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple, and finally stroll around Nara Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nara online trip maker .

Take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In April in Nara, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Byodoin
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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.
Bring the kids along to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo Disneyland. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji.

Plan trip to Tokyo with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Nara to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Nara in April, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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