9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Ise
— 1 night
Drive
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hakuba-mura
— 1 night
Drive
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly

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Ise

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi, see the interesting displays at Okageza, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ise trip planner.

Hartford, USA to Ise is an approximately 21-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Hartford to Ise due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Hartford in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Ise, with highs around 46°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Museums

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nights
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.
Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nishinomiya Shrine for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum (in Osaka) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and take a stroll through Gion.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto online route planner.

Traveling by car from Ise to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Ise in January, with lows around 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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Hakuba-mura

Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
On the 11th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, hit the slopes at Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, then visit Hakuba, then fly down the slopes at Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, and finally stop by Hakuba Jump Arena.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hakuba-mura trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Kyoto to Hakuba-mura in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, Hakuba-mura is a bit cooler than Kyoto - with highs of 38°F and lows of 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Neighborhoods

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nights
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 12th (Tue), take a stroll through Ginza, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, then browse the exhibits of Tokyo National Museum, and finally wander the streets of Yokohama Minato Mirai 21. On the next day, push the limits with Street Kart Shibuya and then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip planner.

You can drive from Hakuba-mura to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakuba-mura in January, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 50°F and 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

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.