7 days in Japan Itinerary

7 days in Japan Itinerary

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Hatsukaichi
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
4
Tokyo
— 2 nights

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Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, then head off the coast to Miyajima, then don't miss a visit to Gojuno To, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hatsukaichi online trip itinerary planner.

Manila, Philippines to Hatsukaichi is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Philippine Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Manila in December: high temperatures in Hatsukaichi hover around 13°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Miyajima
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Gion, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then wander the streets of Arashiyama, and finally go for a walk through Togetsukyo Bridge.

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Traveling by train from Hatsukaichi to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

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
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Omicho Market, then admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, then make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle.

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You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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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 7th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Tokyo National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, make a trip to Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Hachiko, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, then have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, then don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, and finally don't miss a visit to Imperial Palace.

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Take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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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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