9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Mumbai

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Odaiba and Sensō-ji. Head to Ginza and Takeshita Streetfor plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, take a stroll through Asakusa, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo online holiday planner .

Mumbai, India to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. In September, Tokyo is a bit cooler than Mumbai - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

1
night
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 2nd (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then look for all kinds of wild species at Yase Momiji no Komichi, then shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): wander the streets of Gion, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then stop by Fuuka-Kimono.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto driving holiday planning tool .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori. On the next day, wander the streets of Minami (Namba) and then walk around Nara Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka online day trip planner .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In October, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nara Park
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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