47 days in Japan Itinerary

47 days in Japan Itinerary

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47 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Ome
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Nara
— 8 nights
train:  45​min
4
Kyoto
— 10 nights
train:  30​min
5
Kobe
— 8 nights
train:  30​min
6
Osaka
— 8 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: London


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9
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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Ghibli Museum Mitaka in Mitaka--about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba, get to know the fascinating history of Imperial Palace, and explore the galleries of Tokyo National Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip tool .

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from London to Tokyo, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ome.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Ome

Ome ©
Ōme 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 136,071 and a population density of 1320 persons per km². On the 28th (Sat), get outside with Minamisawa Ajisaiyama, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daihigan-ji Temple, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takao, and finally stroll around Akigawabashi Kasen Park Barbecue Land. Keep things going the next day: get your game on at Fukuro Chabo Cafe, then get outside with Hachikokuyama Ryokuchi, then hike along Rock Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Mitake Valley.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ome trip app .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Ome takes 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Ome when traveling from Tokyo in December, with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Nara.

Things to do in Ome

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Akiruno, Fukuro Chabo Cafe, Hachikokuyama Ryokuchi, Mt. Takao
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Mt. Takao ©
Mt. Takao
Hachikokuyama Ryokuchi ©
Hachikokuyama Ryokuchi

8
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nara: Iwakura Valley (in Iga), Ano Central Comprehensive Park (in Tsu) and Chubu Park (in Toin-cho). There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt.Takami, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and don't miss a visit to Takaminosato.

To plan Nara vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ome to Nara. Traveling from Ome in December, Nara is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ise, Kizugawa, Matsusaka, Horyu-ji Temple, Takaminosato
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine

10
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Ise (Cotton Shop Ai & Okage Yokocho), Choju-ji Temple Main Hall (in Konan) and Fukui Prefectural Seashore Nature Center (in Wakasa-cho). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and take a stroll through Gion.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip maker site .

You can take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. In January in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nagoya, Ise, Choju-ji Temple Main Hall, Fukui Prefectural Seashore Nature Center, Toba Aquarium
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

8
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Get out of town with these interesting Kobe side-trips: Himeji (Otemae Street, Himeji Castle, & more), Takarazuka City Historical Museum Old Wada House (in Takarazuka) and Tanba Sasayama (Dokoji Temple & Unitopia Sasayama). There's still lots to do: deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, make a trip to Zuiganji Temple, contemplate the long history of Ishoan, and get outside with Royu Driveway.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kobe travel itinerary planner .

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In January in Kobe, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Himeji, Tokushima, Hyogo Prefecture, Tanba Sasayama, Takasago
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

8
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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Omine Okugakemichi (in Tenkawa-mura), Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, & more) and Tsudoshiroyama Ancient Tomb (in Fujiidera). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, and try out the rides at SpaWorld.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kobe. In January, daytime highs in Osaka are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Amagasaki, Omine Okugakemichi, Honan Market, Taimadera Nakanobo
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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