9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  8​h
1
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  1​h
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
3
Nagano
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Toyama
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Yamanashi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
7
Osaka
— Few hours
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Manila, Luzon

1
night
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Nara Park, Sakai City Hall Observatory Flour, Universal Studios Japan, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, meet the residents at Tennōji Park, make a trip to Kuromon market, then get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashisuji Shopping Arcade, and finally make a trip to Shinsekai. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, and then take some stellar pictures from Sakai City Hall Observatory Flour.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary builder.

Manila, Philippines to Osaka is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Manila to Osaka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manila in January, things will get much colder in Osaka: highs are around 9°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara Park, Sakai City Hall Observatory Flour
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Nara Park ©
Nara 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.
You've added Philosopher's Walk, Togetsukyo, Fushimi Inari Taisha, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): browse the different shops at Kyoto Station Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kifune Shrine, don't miss a visit to Bamboo Forest Street, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tōji-in Temple, then get in on the family fun at Toei Kyoto Studio Park (Toei Uzumasa Eigamura), and finally steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari Taisha.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto itinerary builder.

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In January in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nagano.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

1
night
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park has been added to your itinerary.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Nagano trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Kyoto to Nagano by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, bus, flight, and tram. Traveling from Kyoto in January, expect Nagano to be little chillier, temps between 3°C and -4°C. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can do a combination of to Toyama.

Things to do in Nagano

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

1
night
Toyama

Toyama ©
The center of Japan's pharmaceutical industry, the city of Toyama draws visitors with its scenic surroundings overlooked by the Japan Alps.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Traditional Houses in the Gassho Style as well as Gassho Zukuri Minka-en. On the 25th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Gassho Zukuri Minka-en.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Toyama vacation trip planner.

Do a combination of from Nagano to Toyama in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Nagano in January, Toyama is a bit warmer at night with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for the combination of to Yamanashi.

Things to do in Toyama

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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1
night
Yamanashi

Yamanashi ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shōsen-kyō as well as Fuji-Q Highland.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Yamanashi travel planner.

You can do a combination of from Toyama to Yamanashi in 4.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Yamanashi can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can take a combination of to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanashi

Theme Parks Nature Parks

Side Trips

Shosenkyo, Fuji-Q Highland
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Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland
Shosenkyo ©
Shosenkyo

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 list of things to see and do now includes Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), Shibuya Pedestrian Scramble, Hachiko, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Tokyo Central Railway Station, make a trip to Hachiko, and then don't miss a visit to Shibuya Pedestrian Scramble.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip generator.

Traveling by combination of from Yamanashi to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yamanashi in January: highs in Tokyo hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Sanrio Puroland, Tokyo DisneySea, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka

few
hours
Osaka

Osaka
To see traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and train; or drive. On the 29th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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