50 days in Japan & Newark Itinerary

50 days in Japan & Newark Itinerary

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50 days in Japan & Newark Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia, United States
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Osaka, Japan
— 7 nights
Train:  30​min
2
Kobe, Japan
— 8 nights
Train:  30​min
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 9 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
4
Shirakawa, Japan
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Tokyo, Japan
— 9 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
6
Newark, United States
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Philadelphia, United States

7
nights
Osaka, Japan

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Koya-cho (Jokiin, Mt. Koya, & more) and Nara (Nara Park, Kasuga Grand Shrine, & more). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, make a trip to Kuromon Market, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka driving holiday planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Osaka is an approximately 21-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Osaka. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Osaka when traveling from Philadelphia in October, with lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Nara
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

8
nights
Kobe, Japan

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Site of Miyama Batttery (in Wakayama), Otsuka Museum of Art (in Naruto) and Himeji (Shoshazan Engyoji, Koko-en Garden, & more). There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, steep yourself in history at Takeda Castle Ruins, make a trip to Awaga Shrine, and get in on the family fun at Rokkosan Field Athletic.

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Kobe is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In October, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, Asago, Site of Miyama Batttery, Takarazuka City Historical Museum Old Wada House
Highlights from your plan
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

9
nights
Kyoto, Japan

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Yodo River Park Sewaritei District (in Yawata), Byodoin (in Uji) and Jindoji Temple (in Kizugawa). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkaku-ji Temple, make a trip to Nishiki Market, and take a stroll through Gion.

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Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Kobe. In November in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Jindoji Temple, Byodoin, Jishu Shrine, Kofuku-ji Temple, Yodo River Park Sewaritei District
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

5
nights
Shirakawa, Japan

Shirakawa ©
Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shirakawa: Eisenji Temple (in Sukagawa), Ouchijuku (in Shimogo-machi) and Onsen Resorts (in Kaneyama-machi). Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Irimizu Limestone Cave, admire the sheer force of Fukuroda Falls, walk around Shirakawa Sekinomori Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanazono Shrine.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Shirakawa online itinerary planner .

Getting from Kyoto to Shirakawa by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: fly. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in November: high temperatures in Shirakawa hover around 53°F and lows are around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shirakawa

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Tamura, British Hills, Onsen Healthy Center Cahpo Land Nishigo, Fukuroda Falls, Onsen Resorts
Highlights from your plan
Fukuroda Falls ©
Fukuroda Falls
Ouchijuku ©
Ouchijuku
Eisenji Temple ©
Eisenji Temple

9
nights
Tokyo, Japan

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History (in Odawara), Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). Have a day of magic on the 26th (Tue) at Tokyo Disneyland. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tokyo online route maker .

You can drive from Shirakawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Shirakawa in November: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 62°F and lows are around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Newark.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Urayasu, Kamakura, Sankeien Gardens, Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History, The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

8
nights
Newark, United States

Newark ©
Newark is the most populous city in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Newark: Bronx (Yankee Stadium & Bronx Zoo), Six Flags Great Adventure (in Jackson) and Flat Rock Brook Nature Center (in Englewood). Next up on the itinerary: get your game on at Bury The Hatchet Old Bridge - Axe Throwing, steep yourself in history at Washington Crossing Historic Park, stroll around Grounds For Sculpture, and get some fabulous bargains at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Newark trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Newark takes 16 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, subway, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 14 hours traveling from Tokyo to Newark. Traveling from Tokyo in December, expect Newark to be little chillier, temps between 47°F and 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Newark

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Princeton, Bronx, Weehawken, Bury The Hatchet Old Bridge - Axe Throwing, Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
Bronx Zoo ©
Bronx Zoo
Yankee Stadium ©
Yankee Stadium

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