9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Seoul
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
2
Atami
— 1 night
train:  3​h
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Seoul

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.
To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Tokyo route planner.

Seoul, South Korea to Tokyo is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. When traveling from Seoul in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 26°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 18°C. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Atami.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

1
night
Atami

Atami ©
With Atami's relative proximity to the nation's capital, this beach resort town draws its fair share of visitors--though holidays in Atami are not just a matter of convenience.
On the 16th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izusan Jinja Shrine, steep yourself in history at Former Hyuga Bettei, then contemplate the long history of Kiunkaku, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinomiya Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Soshisha.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Atami online road trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Atami takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Tokyo in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Atami: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 17°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Atami

Historic Sites
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Kinomiya Shrine ©
Kinomiya Shrine
Kiunkaku ©
Kiunkaku
Izusan Jinja Shrine ©
Izusan Jinja Shrine

3
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.
Appreciate the collections at Kyoto National Museum and Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Nagoya (Tokugawa Art Museum & Nagoya Castle). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take an in-depth tour of Namikawa Yasuyuki Sippo Memorial Museum, see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip builder app .

Traveling by train from Atami to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Atami in October, you will find days in Kyoto are somewhat warmer (27°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nagoya
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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.
To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Osaka tour planner.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. October in Osaka sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Todaiji Temple Cultural Center
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum

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