8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Guiyang
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
3
Himeji
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h
End: Guiyang

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take a stroll through Odaiba, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner .

Guiyang, China to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Guiyang in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally wander the streets of Gion.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto online tour itinerary builder .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. July in Kyoto sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally get advice or help at Awaji Highway Oasis.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Himeji travel route planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in July, expect nights in Himeji to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are slightly colder, around 33°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Awaji Highway Oasis
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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