8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 2 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.
STREET KART Akihabara No. 2 has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get to know the fascinating history of Kokyo Gaien National Garden, and then join in the after-dark buzz at STREET KART Akihabara No. 2. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Hozomon, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, and finally explore the world behind art at Ota Memorial Museum of Art.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo vacation website.

Green Bay, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 15 hour difference. In April, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Green Bay - with highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 2 — 4:

Kyoto

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), steep yourself in history at Shogunzuka Seiryuden Temple, steep yourself in history at Ishibe Alley, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Entoku-in, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, and finally wander the streets of Shinbashi Dori. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, steep yourself in history at Honen-in, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-in Temple, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary tool.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trip

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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 7th (Wed): browse the exhibits of Mint Museum, walk around Kemasakuranomiya Park, stop by Dotombori District, then look for all kinds of wild species at Shin Satoyama, then explore the historical opulence of Amagasaki Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirota Shrine.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Osaka, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 51°F at night. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 6 — 8:

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.