10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

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10 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly + train:  20​h 15​min
1
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  4​h 45​min
2
Nikko
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Indianapolis

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Nijo-jo Castle and Kinkaku-ji. Let the collections at Museum of Oriental Ceramics and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center capture your imagination. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Nara Park in Nara--about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, get great views at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planner .

Indianapolis, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Indianapolis to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. In October, Kyoto is somewhat warmer than Indianapolis - with highs of 74°F and lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

2
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 16th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, steep yourself in history at Nikko Futarasan Jinja Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Shinkyo, learn more about the world around you at Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, and then admire the sheer force of Ryuzu Waterfall.

To find ratings and tourist information, use the Nikko holiday planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Nikko in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from Kyoto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nikko, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, then meet the residents at Ueno Zoo, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Pedestrian Scramble, then admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tokyo online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In October, daytime highs in Tokyo are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. On the 20th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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