11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Hanoi
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Beppu
— 3 nights
fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Hanoi

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.
Head to Kitchen Town (Kappabashi) and Pola Museum of Artfor plenty of shopping. Ueno and Asakusa Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu) (in Chichibu), Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine (in Kamakura) and Oya Stone Museum (in Utsunomiya). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Yanaka, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and contemplate the long history of Hie Jinjya.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip planner.

Hanoi, Vietnam to Tokyo is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to Japan Standard Time is 2 hours. In September in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Mitsumine Shrine, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Oya History Museum, Pola Museum of Art
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Yanaka ©
Yanaka
Ueno ©
Ueno

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.
On the 29th (Sun), look for gifts at Ippodo Tea Kyoto, don't miss a visit to Gion, and then steep yourself in history at Genkoan.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip builder .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Kyoto are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Gion
Gion
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple ©
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Ippodo Tea Kyoto ©
Ippodo Tea Kyoto

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): make a trip to Hōzen-ji Temple, then take a stroll through Dotonbori, and then look for gifts at Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Beppu.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka ©
Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka
Hōzen-ji Temple ©
Hōzen-ji Temple

3
nights
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Head to JR Oita City and Angel Kimono Rental Beppufor plenty of shopping. Step off the beaten path and head to Oita Prefectural Art Museum and Kijima Kogen Park. The adventure continues: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, explore the activities along Shidakako Lake, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Beppu driving holiday planner.

Fly from Osaka to Beppu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October in Beppu, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 4th (Fri).

Things to do in Beppu

Theme Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Oita
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Kijima Kogen Park ©
Kijima Kogen Park
JR Oita City ©
JR Oita City
Onsen Resorts

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