9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Beijing
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Nagoya
— 1 night
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
4
Nara
— 1 night
train:  45​min
5
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  30​min
6
Kobe
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Beijing

2
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.
On the 3rd (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, then don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): wander the streets of Odaiba and then ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner .

Beijing, China to Tokyo is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from China Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Beijing in November, with highs in Tokyo at 19°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, then see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, and finally meet the residents at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, read Nagoya holiday planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nagoya in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in November: highs in Nagoya hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Tokugawa Art Museum ©
Tokugawa Art Museum

2
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.
On the 6th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally wander the streets of Gion.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kyoto online travel route planner .

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

Discover how to plan a Nara trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of subway and train. November in Nara sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take a stroll through Dotonbori and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Osaka online trip builder .

Traveling by train from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daytime highs in Osaka are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): let little ones run wild at Akashi National Government Park, examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kobe online route planner .

Kobe is very close to Osaka. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum

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