9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: New Orleans
Fly + train:  22​h
1
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: New Orleans

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 29th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gio-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jojakkoji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto planner .

New Orleans, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from New Orleans to Kyoto is 15 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Kyoto when traveling from New Orleans in November, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Nanzen-ji Temple ©
Nanzen-ji Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Visit Ainokura Gassho Community and Kanazawa Catholic Church for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Natadera Temple and Toyama Glass Art Museum. Step out of Kanazawa with an excursion to Tojinbo Cliff in Sakai--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, examine the collection at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, look for gifts at Amanatto Kawamura, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fudosonkorin Temple.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Tojinbo Cliff, Toyama Glass Art Museum, Natadera Temple, Ainokura Gassho Community
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Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Tojinbo Cliff ©
Tojinbo Cliff
Toyama Glass Art Museum ©
Toyama Glass Art Museum

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.
On the 4th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Kiyose Sunflower Farm and then see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and then take a stroll through Ueno.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tokyo itinerary planner.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kiyose Sunflower Farm, Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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