8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 1 night
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Tokyo

— 2 nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Senso-ji Temple and Ginza. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and stop by Akihabara.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

San Diego, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Diego to Tokyo. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Diego in March: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 58°F and lows are around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Kyoto

— 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Head to Nishiki Market Shopping District and Misuyabarifor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, make a trip to Nijo Castle, and explore the world behind art at Hosomi Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel route planning website.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Osaka

— 1 night
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 21st (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, visit Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, then shop like a local with Dotombori District, and finally look for gifts at Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Osaka, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

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.