8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
Train to Bologna Centrale, Fly to Tokyo Haneda
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Tokyo
— 1 night
Drive
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Mitaka
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive to Osaka International Airport, Fly to Federico Fellini International Airport

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Tokyo

— 1 night
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 2nd (Tue), wander the streets of Akihabara, then admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, then admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and finally make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, stroll around Ueno Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and finally get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip planner.

Rimini, Italy to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. In March, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Mitaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Mitaka

— 2 nights
Mitaka 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 189,168 and a population density of 11,520 persons per km². Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): stop by Kichijoji, stroll around Inokashira Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Inokashira Park Zoo, then admire the masterpieces at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, and finally make a trip to Inokashira Benzaiten. On the next day, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, stroll around Jindai Botanical Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jindai-ji Temple, then walk around Nogawa Park, then see the sky in a new way at National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, and finally stroll around Maruike Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mitaka attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Mitaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Mitaka

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 2 nights
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 6th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally wander the streets of Gion.

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Traveling by train from Mitaka to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Mitaka in March, with lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Japan travel guide

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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.