11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 5 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes YUCa's Japanese Cooking, Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine and Magical Trip Tokyo Bar Hopping Night Food Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nezu Shrine and Kyu Iwasakitei Teien. Your inner history buff will appreciate Senso-ji Temple and Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin. It doesn't end there: take a stroll through Odaiba District and stop by Ueno District.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Tokyo holiday planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Tokyo. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in August: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Nightlife

Side Trip

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Kyoto

— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Ryoanji Temple, Sagano, and other attractions you added. Explore hidden gems such as Ishibe Alley and Sannenzaka Ninenzaka. Get a sense of the local culture at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle. There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Osaka

— 2 nights
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 11th (Thu): wander the streets of Dotombori District. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Osaka are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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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.