8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kyoto
— 1 night
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
3
Nara
— 1 day
4
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights

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 walk around Maruyama Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Kyoto holiday planner.

Tokyo to Kyoto is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Kyoto are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can 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), stop by Dotombori District. Keep things going the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Osaka sightseeing planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 29:
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nara online holiday planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 29:
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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.
On the 30th (Mon), get great views at Hakone Ropeway, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and finally hike along Hakone Stone‐paved Road.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hakone-machi trip builder app.

Getting from Nara to Hakone-machi by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler 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) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 29 — 30:
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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, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. On the 2nd (Thu), you're off to home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 2:
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Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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