9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Niigata
— 1 night
Drive
3
Nagano
— 1 night
Train
4
Karuizawa-machi
— 1 night
Train
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights
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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 5th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally take a stroll through Gion.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip maker tool.

Singapore, Singapore to Kyoto is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Singapore in October, things will get slightly colder in Kyoto: highs are around 27°C and lows about 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can fly to Niigata.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Niigata

— 1 night
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): walk around Toyanogata Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Befco Bakauke Observatory Room, then look for gifts at Minato Kobo, then don't miss a visit to Minato Inari Shrine, and finally make a trip to The Old Saito Residence.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Niigata online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Niigata takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Kyoto in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Niigata, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nagano.

Things to do in Niigata

Parks · Shopping
Highlights from your trip

Nagano

— 1 night
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 8th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Teramachi Shoka (Former Kanehako Residence), visit Tonkururin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Iizuna Highlands Oyachi Marsh, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nagano planning website.

Getting from Niigata to Nagano by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Nagano are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can take a train to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Karuizawa-machi

— 1 night
The only city in the world to have hosted both summer and winter Olympics, the resort town of Karuizawa-machi boasts clean air, impressive mountain scenery, and many outdoor activities and hot springs.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa, browse the different shops at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza, then explore the activities along Kumoba Pond, and finally appreciate the history behind Stone Church.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Karuizawa-machi trip planner.

You can take a train from Nagano to Karuizawa-machi in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Karuizawa-machi are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Shopping · Parks · Museums · Nature

Tokyo

— 3 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 10th (Thu): make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, then make a trip to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, then get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum, and finally get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

Before you visit Tokyo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can take a train from Karuizawa-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Karuizawa-machi - with highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.