8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
3
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Newark

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, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Tokyo journey builder site .

Newark, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, subway, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Tokyo is 14 hours. Traveling from Newark in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 69°F in Tokyo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Gion.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online road trip planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 18th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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