8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Saipan
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Saipan

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.
On the 14th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Tenjinzaka, steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, look for gifts at Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka, then explore the galleries of Mint Museum, and finally shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Honten. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Dotonbori, make a trip to Hozenji Yokocho, enjoy breathtaking views from Harukas 300 Observation Deck, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip maker app .

Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands to Osaka is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Chamorro Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In May, Osaka is slightly colder than Saipan - with highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Nara
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Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, and finally wander the streets of Gion. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then look for gifts at Ippodo Tea Kyoto.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary app .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.
On the 14th (Thu), take a stroll through Yanaka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, then have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Kencho-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), then look for all kinds of wild species at Kiyose Sunflower Farm, and finally make a trip to Nezu Shrine.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online journey planner .

Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Saipan to Tokyo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Saipan in May: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 28°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Kamakura, Kiyose Sunflower Farm
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Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)

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