9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
3
Himeji
— 1 night
train + Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: London

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Odaiba and Ginza. Popular historic sites such as Sensō-ji and Tokyo National Museum are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ueno Zoo, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary tool .

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Tokyo. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nara Park and Kyoto Isshu Trail Higashiyama Course. Visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle for their historical value. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Dotonbori (in Osaka). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Kyoto attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nara, Dotonbori
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 15th (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura and then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Himeji tour planning site .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Mt. Takamikura
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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