14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
fly:  4​h
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  3​h
3
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train + bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Manila, Luzon

3
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.
Universal Studios Japan has been added to your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Nara Park). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, admire the striking features of Kuchu Teien Observatory, shop like a local with Dotonbori, and don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary builder tool .

Manila, Philippines to Osaka is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus, flight, train, and subway. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Philippines Time (PHT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Manila in December, things will get much colder in Osaka: highs are around 13°C and lows about 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

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

5
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, parks, classes, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and make a trip to Gion.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto tour planner .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

4
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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Urayasu, approximately 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and finally explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and then make a splash at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 5°C to lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Baths Spas Theme Parks
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Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

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