8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly + Drive:  21 h 15 min
1
Kumano-cho
— Few hours
Drive:  6 h 15 min
2
Koya-cho
— 1 day
Train:  1 h 15 min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
4
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

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hours
Kumano-cho

Kumano-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sakakiyama Shrine and then see the interesting displays at Fudenosato Kobo.

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Istanbul, Turkey to Kumano-cho is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Kumano-cho is 6 hours. In August, daytime highs in Kumano-cho are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kumano-cho

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Fudenosato Kobo ©
Fudenosato Kobo
Sakakiyama Shrine ©
Sakakiyama Shrine

1
day
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
On the 11th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Okunoin, make a trip to Anyoin Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Koyasan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokiin, and finally steep yourself in history at Koyasan Daimon.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Koya-cho online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Kumano-cho to Koya-cho in 6 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Koya-cho can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Koyasan Daimon ©
Koyasan Daimon
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Jokiin ©
Jokiin

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Nijo-jo Castle, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Dotonbori and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka day trip planner.

Getting from Koya-cho to Osaka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In August in Osaka, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kyoto
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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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.
On the 14th (Tue), enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, make a trip to Tokyo Tower, make a trip to The Tsukiji Market, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, then explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Hachiko, and finally make a trip to Shibuya Pedestrian Scramble.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip website .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Osaka to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Tokyo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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