8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Louisville
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Toyota
— 1 night
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Louisville

3
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

Louisville, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Louisville to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In December, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Louisville - with highs of 54°F and lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
On the 13th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Jishu Shrine, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heian Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Gion.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Toyota.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Jishu Shrine
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Toyota

Toyota
Home to the internationally known car manufacturer of the same name, Toyota ranks as the largest city in Aichi Prefecture.
On the 15th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Ai Chikyuhaku Kinenkan.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Toyota trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Kyoto to Toyota by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December in Toyota, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 42°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Toyota

Museums

Side Trip

Ai Chikyuhaku Kinenkan
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