8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 1 night
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
4
Tokyo
— 1 night

1
night
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.
For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo route planning app.

Houston, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Tokyo is 15 hours. Traveling from Houston in August, you will find days in Tokyo are little chillier (88°F), and nights are about the same (76°F). You will leave for Kyoto on the 27th (Fri).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 27:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, contemplate the long history of Ishibe Alley, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, and finally explore the activities along Kamogawa River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market Shopping District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamigamo Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary builder site.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in August, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 29:
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Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Shimogamo Jinja ©
Shimogamo Jinja
Nishi Honganji ©
Nishi Honganji

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 29th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, look for gifts at Tower Knives Osaka, then shop like a local with Dotombori District, and finally shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Honten. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, then contemplate the long history of Yoshikien, and finally identify plant and animal life at Nara Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Osaka online trip builder.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 92°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Nara
Find places to stay Aug 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 31st (Tue), contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, then wander the streets of Ueno District, and then wander the streets of Odaiba District. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Ginza, then look for gifts at Ginza Itoya Hontren, and then take a stroll through Nihonbashi Bridge.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 1:
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Ueno District ©
Ueno District

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