8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
1
Osaka
— 1 night
Drive
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Ise
— 1 night
Drive
4
Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night
Drive to Kanazawa, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly

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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 31st (Wed), examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, look for gifts at Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori, then take a stroll through Dotombori District, and finally visit Minami (Namba).

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Sydney, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Osaka is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sydney in March, things will get colder in Osaka: highs are around 16°C and lows about 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

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 1st (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chion-in Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally make a trip to Nishiki Market Shopping District.

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You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping

Ise

— 1 night
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Futami Okitama Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, then make a trip to Oharai-machi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku.

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Traveling by car from Kyoto to Ise takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Ise, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites

Shirakawa-mura

— 1 night
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Kanda house, steep yourself in history at Wada House, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then get great views at Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

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Getting from Ise to Shirakawa-mura by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ise in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Shirakawa-mura, with lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, then get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and finally wander the streets of Ginza.

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Getting from Shirakawa-mura to Tokyo by combination of car and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Shirakawa-mura in April, with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · 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.