7 days in Japan Itinerary
7 days in Japan Itinerary
Start: Grand Junction
Fly to Osaka International Airport, Drive to Kyoto
— 3 nights
— 2 nights
End: Grand Junction
Sun, Jan 2 - Sat, Jan 8
Kyoto — 3 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.Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, &more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Gion, and admire the masterpieces at Kyoto National Museum.
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Grand Junction, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Grand Junction to Kyoto, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, Kyoto is a bit warmer than Grand Junction - with highs of 48°F and lows of 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.
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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.Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take a stroll through Odaiba District, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and then don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.
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You can fly from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in January, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
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Japan travel guide
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.