8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Moscow
Fly + train:  16​h 15​min
1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
2
Shimoda
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Moscow

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.
Let the collections at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan and Museum of Oriental Ceramics capture your imagination. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dotonbori and Nishiki Market. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Nara to see Nara Park about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, stop by Ippuya, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kyoto day trip planning website .

Moscow, Russia to Kyoto is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Moscow to Kyoto. Traveling from Moscow in July, expect Kyoto to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Shimoda.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

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

1
night
Shimoda

Shimoda ©
On a trip to Shimoda, a small town nestled on the tip of the Izu peninsula, you can take advantage of the scenic sandy beaches and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sotoura Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Hino Broccolini Garden, then kick back and relax at Kisami Ohama Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Tatadohama Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Shimoda online day trip planner .

Getting from Kyoto to Shimoda by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Kyoto in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Shimoda: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shimoda

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Hino Broccolini Garden
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Tatadohama Beach ©
Tatadohama Beach
Sotoura Beach ©
Sotoura Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, and finally admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Takeshita Street and then take a stroll through Ginza.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Tokyo planning tool .

You can drive from Shimoda to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Shimoda in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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