8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights
End: Tokyo

2
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.
Visiting Arima Onsen and Nara Park will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Horyu-ji Temple and Hase-dera Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA (in Ikeda) and Nigatsu-do Temple (in Nara). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Dotonbori, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishinomiya Shrine.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Osaka road trip site .

Hong Kong, China to Osaka is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hong Kong to Osaka. Traveling from Hong Kong in January, things will get colder in Osaka: highs are around 10°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Nara, Hase-dera Temple, Horyu-ji Temple, Arima Onsen, Nishinomiya Shrine
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Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple

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 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Genkoan, take some stellar pictures from Mt. Kurama, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Kyoto online attractions planner .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In January, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art, Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan
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Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Shimogamo Jinja ©
Shimogamo Jinja

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.
On the 25th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Kiyose Sunflower Farm, take a stroll through Yanaka, then make a trip to Nezu Shrine, then take a stroll through Ueno, and finally browse the exhibits of Kanda Myojin. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Mejiro no Mori and then wander the streets of Odaiba.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Kiyose Sunflower Farm
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Kanda Myojin ©
Kanda Myojin
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Yanaka ©
Yanaka

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