8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Asakusa Shrine and Fire Museum. Do your shopping at Shimokitazawa and Kiddy Land Harajuku. There's much more to do: make a trip to Chidorigafuchi, indulge in some personalized pampering at Arona Spa, contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, and explore the galleries of Kanda Myojin.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planner.

Austin, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Austin to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Austin in March, expect Tokyo to be slightly colder, temps between 58°F and 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Fujinomiya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Sitting on the southwest slopes of Mount Fuji, Fujinomiya makes a popular starting point for climbing trips to the famous mountain's summit.
On the 22nd (Tue), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, then relax and rejuvenate at Fugaku Onsen Hana no Yu, and finally steep yourself in history at Wakajishi Shrine.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Fujinomiya trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Fujinomiya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Fujinomiya sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fujinomiya

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

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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 23rd (Wed): stop by Ippodo Tea Kyoto, don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, steep yourself in history at Ishibe Alley, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Entoku-in, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, and finally take a stroll through Shinbashi Dori. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online travel route planner.

You can take a train from Fujinomiya to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Fujinomiya in March, Kyoto is a bit cooler at night with lows of 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Japan travel guide

Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.