8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Seattle
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Taxi + Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Niigata
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 15 min
4
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  14 h
End: Seattle

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 22nd (Sat): visit Dotombori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, and then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary maker site.

Seattle, USA to Osaka is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. Traveling from Seattle in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 35°F in Osaka. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Nara Park
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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 24th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then wander the streets of Gion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto road trip planning site.

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In February in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Niigata.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Niigata

Niigata
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Niigata Station Chuken Tama Ko Statue and then head outdoors with Mt.Tairatsupyo.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Niigata day trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Niigata by combination of train and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. When traveling from Kyoto in February, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Niigata: temperatures range from 42°F by day to 33°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Niigata

Outdoors

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo route planner.

You can take a train from Niigata to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Niigata in February, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (51°F), and nights are about the same (36°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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