8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
2
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kyoto (Kinkaku-ji & Gion), Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Higashiyama) and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, take a stroll through Dotonbori, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Osaka road trip website .

San Francisco, USA to Osaka is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. October in Osaka sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kyoto
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

4
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo driving holiday website .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Tokyo are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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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