8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Fuji
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Dallas

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 15th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji and then take a stroll through Odaiba. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip planning website .

Dallas, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Dallas to Tokyo, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Dallas, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Fuji.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

1
night
Fuji

Fuji
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): get great views at Imamiya Tea Plantation, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Iwamoto, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Fuji itinerary planning website .

Getting from Tokyo to Fuji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in May: highs in Fuji hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fuji

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gion and Nara Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Dotonbori (in Osaka) and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center (in Nara). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto driving holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Fuji to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Fuji in May: highs in Kyoto hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trips

Nara, Dotonbori
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Gion
Gion

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