40 days in Japan Itinerary

40 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan attractions planner

Make it your trip
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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Tokyo
— 27 nights
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Osaka

— 5 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Toshodai-ji Temple and Horyu-ji Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Dotombori District and Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Isuien Garden, Nigatsu-do Temple, &more), Ikaruga-cho (Horinji Temple & Chuguji Temple) and Minoo Park (in Mino). There's lots more to do: soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, see the interesting displays at Kids Plaza Osaka, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka visit planning website.

New York City, USA to Osaka is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Osaka is 14 hours. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in December, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Jojakkoji Temple and Kyoto Gyoen National Garden. Head to Nishiki Market Shopping District and Ippodo Tea Kyotofor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Katsura Imperial Villa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planning site.

Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in December, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Tokyo

— 27 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 and Kichijoji. Explore hidden gems such as Waho-An NATURE Tokyo and University of Tokyo. Venture out of the city with trips to Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Oishi Park, Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba, &more), Minatomirai (Nipponmaru Memorial Park, Sky Garden, &more) and Fujiyoshida (Chureito Pagoda, Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, &more). And it doesn't end there: stop by Ueno District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kencho-ji Temple, explore the world behind art at Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, and stop by Ginza Itoya Hontren.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Tokyo are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.