9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
4
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
End: Tokyo

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 your second day here, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, wander the streets of Ginza, then wander the streets of Takeshita Street, and finally stop by Kimono Me.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Thailand, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then examine the collection at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, and finally contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto online trip planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

2
nights
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.
On the 15th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Naifs, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at The World Money Box Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Osaka trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In October, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kobe, The World Money Box Museum, Mt. Koya, Himeji Castle
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, stroll around Nara Park, explore the galleries of Nara National Museum, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then browse the exhibits of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, and finally stop by Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nara trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Nara, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 20°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Nara

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

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