13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights

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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.
Let the collections at teamLab☆Planets and Tokyo National Museum capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Asakusa Shrine and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Kencho-ji Temple) and Memorial Warships Mikasa (in Yokosuka). There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at NATURE Daikanyama, let your taste buds guide you at Best Experience Japan, make a trip to Nezu Shrine, and steep yourself in history at Hozomon.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

Metzingen, Germany to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour combination of car and flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Metzingen to Tokyo, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Metzingen in October; daily highs in Tokyo reach 26°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Kamakura, Memorial Warships Mikasa
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teamLab☆Planets ©
teamLab☆Planets
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

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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 8th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, steep yourself in history at Daikaku-ji, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jojakkoji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gio-ji Temple. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally look for gifts at Ippodo Tea Kyoto.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Kyoto sightseeing tool.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Spas · Shopping
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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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.
On the 10th (Sat), examine the collection at National Museum of Ethnology, see the interesting displays at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Maya, then see the interesting displays at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then get engrossed in the history at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Osaka travel itinerary planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Nara, Kobe, National Museum of Ethnology, Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

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