8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Toronto

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Tokyo National Museum and Samurai Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Minato Mirai 21 and Sensō-ji. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, browse the exhibits of Art Jeunesse Akihabara, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo itinerary site .

Toronto, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Toronto to Tokyo. In December, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Toronto - with highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Minato Mirai 21
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

3
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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.
Head to Dotonbori and Nishiki Marketfor some retail therapy. Your inner history buff will appreciate Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Osaka Castle in Osaka--about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tofuku-ji Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto online driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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