13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train + Taxi:  3 h
2
Yamanouchi-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h
3
Yamagata
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Fly + Taxi + Train:  4 h 15 min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Dubai

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), Tokyo Sea Life Park, Akihabara, and other attractions. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Asakusa. Bring the kids along to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Step out of Tokyo to go to Urayasu and see Tokyo Disneyland, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's more to do: stroll through Ueno Zoo and make a trip to Shibuya Pedestrian Scramble.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Dubai to Tokyo. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Dubai in January: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Ueno Zoo ©
Ueno Zoo
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Ginza ©
Ginza

3
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
On the 17th (Wed), get your bearings at Snow Monkey Resorts Info & Gift Shop and then identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Yamanouchi-machi trip maker .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Tokyo in January, things will get slightly colder in Yamanouchi-machi: highs are around 3°C and lows about -4°C. On the 19th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yamagata.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Wildlife Spas
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Snow Monkey Resorts Info & Gift Shop ©
Snow Monkey Resorts Info & Gift Shop
Onsen Resorts

2
nights
Yamagata

Yamagata ©
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Zao Ropeway as well as Frost Covered Trees of Zao. On the next day, make a trip to Frost Covered Trees of Zao.

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Traveling by car from Yamanouchi-machi to Yamagata takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. In January, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yamagata

Parks

Side Trip

Michinoku Lakeside National Government Park
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Frost Covered Trees of Zao ©
Frost Covered Trees of Zao

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bamboo Forest Street, Universal Studios Japan and Shorenji Lake tourist Village Strawberry Garden. Get a sense of the local culture at Kinkaku-ji and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

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Do a combination of flight and train from Yamagata to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yamagata in January: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 10°C and lows are around 1°C. On the 24th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Universal Studios Japan, Shorenji Lake tourist Village Strawberry Garden, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center ©
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center

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