9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
2
Chiba
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h
3
Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  45​min
5
Nara
— 1 day
train + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Toronto

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan and Kyu Iwasakitei Teien. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hozomon and Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Ibaraki Nature Museum (in Bando), Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara) and Kakuonji Temple (in Kamakura). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder app .

Toronto, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Tokyo is 14 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Toronto in October; daily highs in Tokyo reach 26°C and lows reach 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Chiba.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kakuonji Temple, Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine, Ibaraki Nature Museum, Oyama Afuri Shrine
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Oyama Afuri Shrine ©
Oyama Afuri Shrine
Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan ©
Hozomon ©
Hozomon

2
nights
Chiba

Chiba ©
Developing quickly with new homes and shopping malls cropping up each year, the city of Chiba no doubt benefits from its proximity to the capital--many even consider it a Tokyo suburb.
On the 5th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Natural History Museum and Institute, appreciate the extensive heritage of Izumi Nature Park Natural Boadwalk, get engrossed in the history at Chiba City Folk Museum, then explore the world behind art at Sanyo Media Flower Museum, then contemplate the long history of Old Villa of Dembee Kamiya in Inage, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Towatari Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Three-storied Pagoda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Makata Shrine, and then see the interesting displays at The World Doll Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Chiba driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Chiba in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Traveling from Tokyo in October, expect nights in Chiba to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are slightly colder, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Chiba

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Narita, The World Doll Museum
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Natural History Museum and Institute ©
Makata Shrine ©
Makata Shrine
Towatari Shrine ©
Towatari Shrine

2
nights
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heitate Shrine, make a trip to Akimoto Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amanomanai, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaguraden, then contemplate the long history of Kushifuru Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aratate Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Tochimata Tanada Rice Terrace, identify plant and animal life at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamishikimi Kumanoimasu Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kusakabeyoshimi Shrine.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho road trip website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Chiba to Takachiho-cho takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Chiba in October, expect nights in Takachiho-cho to be a bit cooler, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Takamori-machi, Heitate Shrine
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Kaguraden ©
Kaguraden
Aratate Shrine ©
Aratate Shrine
Heitate Shrine ©
Heitate Shrine

1
night
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.
Plan my day in Kyoto using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Kyoto by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. On the 9th (Wed), you'll travel to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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1
day
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 9th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Daibutsuden, don't miss a visit to Todaiji Keidaicho, steep yourself in history at Kaidan-do, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokkeji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Akishinodera Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Nishinokyo District.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nara online attractions planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites
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Akishinodera Temple ©
Akishinodera Temple

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