10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

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10 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
2
Nara
— 1 night
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

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.
Kids will enjoy Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Higashinada). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take a stroll through Dotonbori, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Osaka road trip planning website .

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Osaka is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in October, expect Osaka to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, Himeji Castle
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

1
night
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 7th (Mon), make a trip to Byodoin, then appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then stroll around Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nara visit planning website .

You can take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Byodoin
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally wander the streets of Gion.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Kyoto online route planner .

Getting from Nara to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and subway. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
nights
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.
Kids will enjoy Tokyo Disneyland and National Museum of Nature and Science. There's still lots to do: ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. On the 12th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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