13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Nagoya
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
3
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Newark

2
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, see the interesting displays at Noritake no Mori, identify plant and animal life at Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank, then explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, and finally engage your brain at Nagoya City Science Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Hikone Castle, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in nature's colorful creations at Nabana no Sato, then explore the historical opulence of Inuyama Castle, then identify plant and animal life at Yamazaki River, and finally make a trip to Osu Shopping Street.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagoya online trip planner .

Newark, USA to Nagoya is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Newark to Nagoya. Traveling from Newark in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 36°F in Nagoya. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kuwana, Hikone Castle, Inuyama Castle, Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, don't miss a visit to Mt. Takao, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum, then get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Kyoto, and finally get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Ume Sakura, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, head outdoors with Takatsuki Forest Center, then walk around Yodoryokuchi Park, then hike along Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

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Getting from Nagoya to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in March, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Takatsuki Forest Center
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Gion
Gion

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.
On the 5th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Kitora Tumulus Mural Experiential Museum Shijin no Yakata, get engrossed in the history at Imai Skyline Exchange Center Hanairaka, see the interesting displays at Kurozuka Kofun Museum, see the interesting displays at Tenri Univeristy Sankokan Museum, then see the interesting displays at Naramachi Mechanical Toy Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Okumura Commemorative Museum. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then look and learn at Kamo Planetarium, and finally boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nara visit planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of subway and train. March in Nara sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kashihara, Tenri, Kamo Planetarium, Thermal Spas, Gissan Memorial Museum
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center ©
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center

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 7th (Sat): examine the collection at Panasonic Museum, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, then wander the streets of Dotonbori, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally see the interesting displays at Kobe Fashion Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Mizuno Sportology Gallery, examine the collection at CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, appreciate the views at Arima Onsen, then get engrossed in the history at Takarazuka City Historical Museum Old Wada House, then see the interesting displays at The World Money Box Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip builder tool .

You can take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daytime highs in Osaka are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Kobe, The World Money Box Museum, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, Takarazuka City Historical Museum Old Wada House, Panasonic Museum
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Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery 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.
Edo-Tokyo Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka will appeal to museum buffs. Visiting Yokohama Nature Sanctuary and Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi will get you outdoors. Step out of Tokyo to go to Ogose-machi and see Kamiyatsuno Okusuu, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Odaiba, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary maker site .

You can take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in March, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Tokyo Disneyland, Yokohama Nature Sanctuary, Kamiyatsuno Okusuu, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi
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Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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