11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Cebu City, Cebu Island
Fly + train:  6​h 15​min
1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  15​min
2
Kita
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Chuo
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​min
4
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Cebu City, Cebu Island


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3
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Arashiyama, admire the natural beauty at Chishaku-in Meisho Garden, and take a stroll through Gion.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto online trip builder .

Cebu City, Philippines to Kyoto is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cebu City to Kyoto. In December, Kyoto is much colder than Cebu City - with highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kita.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Jishu Shrine
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

1
night
Kita

Kita ©
On the 21st (Fri), don't miss a visit to Kuchu Teien Observatory and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then look for gifts at Shimada Shoten, then take a stroll through Dotonbori, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kita trip planner.

Kita is very close to Kyoto. In December in Kita, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Chuo.

Things to do in Kita

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Osaka
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

3
nights
Chuo

Chuo ©
On the 23rd (Sun), make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Yokohama Chinatown, then get to know the fascinating history of Sankeien Gardens, and then find something for the whole family at Tokyo DisneySea.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Chuo trip builder app .

You can take a train from Kita to Chuo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Chuo

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Yokohama, Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Sankeien Gardens ©
Sankeien Gardens

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and explore the galleries of Tokyo National Museum.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip website .

Tokyo is just a stone's throw from Chuo. In December, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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