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 30​min
2
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
train:  3​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
4
Nara
— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji and then explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, then wander the streets of Ginza, and then take a stroll through Odaiba.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip builder site .

Toronto, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Toronto to Tokyo. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in September, with highs in Tokyo at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

1
night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 12th (Thu), explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Tokyo to Hakone-machi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in September, plan for little chillier days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Nature Parks
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Narukawa Art Museum ©
Narukawa Art Museum

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.
Head to Dotonbori and Nishiki Marketfor plenty of shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gion and Kinkaku-ji. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Osaka Castle in Osaka, about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkaku-ji Temple, admire the masterpieces at Hosomi Museum, and look for gifts at Shigeharu Cutlery.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto road trip app .

Getting from Hakone-machi to Kyoto by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in September: highs in Kyoto hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally get engrossed in the history at Nara National Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nara road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of subway and train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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