8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Osaka
— 1 night
Train
3
Tokyo
— 2 nights
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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.
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, wander the streets of Arashiyama, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary planning site.

Syracuse, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 21-hour flight. Traveling from Syracuse to Kyoto, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Syracuse in April: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 67°F and lows are around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, then shop like a local with Dotombori District, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planning site.

Drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Osaka are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
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2
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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.
On the 21st (Thu), get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, then admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, then walk around Ueno Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and finally visit Akihabara.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel route planning site.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. April in Tokyo sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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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.