8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Train:  4​h
1
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  30​min
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
3
Nara
— 1 day
Train:  6​h
4
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Bus + Train:  1​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights
End: Tokyo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take a stroll through Gion and then stroll around Maruyama Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary planning tool .

Tokyo to Kyoto is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods Parks
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Gion
Gion
Maruyama Park ©
Maruyama Park

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 27th (Fri), take a stroll through Dotonbori. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: categoryPhrases.phrase.get_up_close_and_personal_with_brilliant_marine_life_at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Osaka attractions planner.

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nara tour planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. March in Nara sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

1
night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): get great views at Hakone Ropeway, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Hakone Stone‐paved Road.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi attractions planning tool .

Getting from Nara to Hakone-machi by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Nara in March: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Nature
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Hakone Ropeway ©
Hakone Ropeway

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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To find where to stay, reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip website .

Do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in March, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (17°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). You will leave for home on the 2nd (Thu).

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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