9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Jakarta, Indonesia
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Gotemba
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Shirakawa
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Jakarta, Indonesia

1
night
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 18th (Wed), get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo tour itinerary app .

Jakarta, Indonesia to Tokyo is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from West Indonesia Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In December, Tokyo is much colder than Jakarta - with highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Gotemba.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Fun & Games
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Gotemba

Gotemba ©
Trips to Gotemba, a city at the foot of Mount Fuji, offer plenty of opportunities to admire Japan's most famous natural feature.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Jurigi Highlands, play a few rounds at Taiheiyo Club Gotenba Course, steep yourself in history at Suwa Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Gotemba Kogen Toki no Sumika, then walk around Fuji Bussharito Heiwa Park, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Gotemba Premium Outlets.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Gotemba online trip maker .

Drive from Tokyo to Gotemba in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Tokyo in December, you will find days in Gotemba are little chillier (8°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Gotemba

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Jurigi Highlands
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Suwa Shrine ©
Suwa Shrine
Gotemba Premium Outlets ©
Gotemba Premium Outlets

1
night
Shirakawa

Shirakawa ©
Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Shirakawa no Sekiato, admire the natural beauty at Suirakuen, then walk around Nanko Park, and finally explore the historical opulence of Komine Castle Remains.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Shirakawa trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Gotemba to Shirakawa in 4 hours. Traveling from Gotemba in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Shirakawa, with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Shirakawa

Historic Sites Parks
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Komine Castle Remains ©
Komine Castle Remains
Suirakuen ©
Suirakuen
Nanko Park ©
Nanko Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Gion, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, and finally admire the striking features of Kyutei Omuro.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kyoto tour planner.

Traveling by car from Shirakawa to Kyoto takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Shirakawa in December; daily highs in Kyoto reach 13°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): wander the streets of Dotonbori and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, and then see the interesting displays at Mizuno Sportology Gallery.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka road trip website .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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