8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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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.
On the 24th (Sun), examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then make a trip to Kuromon Market, and finally take a stroll through Dotombori District.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary app.

Chennai, India to Osaka is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 3.5 hour difference. Traveling from Chennai in January, expect Osaka to be much colder, temps between 10°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks


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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 26th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then wander the streets of Gion. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then admire the landmark architecture of Jishu Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyoto Ebisu Shrine.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto road trip app.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. January in Kyoto sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba District, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. January in Tokyo sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Japan travel guide

Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.