9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 1 night
Train
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Tokyo

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, then make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, and finally make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine. Keep things going the next day: ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then don't miss a visit to Tokyo Skytree, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and finally get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

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

Tel Aviv, Israel to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in December: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 14°C and lows are around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:

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.
On the 4th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, and finally wander the streets of Dotombori District. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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Kyoto

— 4 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and stop by Arashiyama.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kyoto road trip website.

Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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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.