13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi
+3
bus + train + Fly + train:  15​h 15​min
1
Nara
— 1 night
train:  45​min
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
4
Mitaka
— 1 night
bus:  30​min
5
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Abu Dhabi

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.
Ukimido has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, don't miss a visit to Nara National Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ukimido. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple, take in the dramatic scenery at Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall, get a taste of the local shopping with NaraKimono Rental Fuji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nara trip planner .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Nara is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 5 hours. In November, Nara is colder than Abu Dhabi - with highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do 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 19th (Tue), admire the verdant scenery at Arima Onsen, get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Main Store, stop by Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka, then take a stroll through Dotonbori, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, examine the collection at CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, see the interesting displays at Glico Museum, then steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and finally browse the different shops at Universal City Walk Osaka.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka vacation planner .

Getting from Nara to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In November, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Arima Onsen, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
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Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA ©
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha 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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Sanzen-in Temple and Ninna-ji Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, make a trip to Gion, and take some stellar pictures from Mt. Kurama.

Before you visit Kyoto, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Mitaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

1
night
Mitaka

Mitaka ©
Mitaka is a city located in the western portion of Tokyo Metropolis, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 189,168 and a population density of 11,520 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): stroll around Nogawa Park, look and learn at National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, get lost in a book at Book House in the Astronomical Observatory Forest, look for gifts at Kakujogyorui Kodaira, then identify plant and animal life at Chikurin Park, and finally explore the world behind art at Ghibli Museum Mitaka.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Mitaka road trip planning app .

Take a train from Kyoto to Mitaka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. November in Mitaka sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Mitaka

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Higashikurume
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Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Nogawa Park ©
Nogawa Park

4
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 Oya Stone Museum and Asakusa Shrine. Shop till you drop at teamLab Borderless and Ginza Itoya Hontren. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Sarushima Island (Monkey Island) (in Saru-jima), Carnivorous plant habitat in Togane, Naruto (in Sanmu) and Kamakura Hiking Trails (in Kamakura). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hie Jinjya, wander the streets of Kitchen Town (Kappabashi), and admire the masterpieces at Nezu Museum.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

Tokyo is just a short distance from Mitaka. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Sarushima Island (Monkey Island), Kamakura Hiking Trails, Carnivorous plant habitat in Togane, Naruto, Oya History Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kamakura Hiking Trails ©
Kamakura Hiking Trails
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Museum ©
Nezu Museum

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