9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Phoenix
Fly:  15​h 45​min
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  4​h
Takayama
— 1 night
train:  3​h
Nagano
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Fuji
— Few hours
train:  1​h 30​min
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
Phoenix

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): take a stroll through Akihabara.

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

Phoenix, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Phoenix to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in October; daily highs in Tokyo reach 72°F and lows reach 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to Kyoto.

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#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Parks
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Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace
Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

1
day
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 8th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple and then wander the streets of Gion.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto driving holiday planning app .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

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Gion
Gion
Nijo-jo Castle ©
Nijo-jo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

0
days
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku has been added to your itinerary.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Takayama trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Kyoto to Takayama by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in October, you will find days in Takayama are slightly colder (69°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nagano.

Things to do in Takayama

#Trails, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trip

Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku
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Nakasendo Walking Trail, Tsumagojuku ©

1
day
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shibuyu Shrine, and then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Nagano online journey planner .

Drive from Takayama to Nagano in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Nagano can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Fuji.

Things to do in Nagano

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Spas

Side Trip

Yamanouchi-machi
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple
Shibuyu Shrine ©
Shibuyu Shrine

few
hours
Fuji

Fuji ©
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Discover how to plan a Fuji trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Nagano to Fuji in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Nagano in October, Fuji is a bit warmer at night with lows of 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fuji

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Yusui Park ©
Yusui Park

2
days
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): wander the streets of Akihabara, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ueno Zoo, then take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum, and finally ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. On the next day, take a stroll through Asakusa and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Fuji to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

#Neighborhoods, #Historic Sites, #Shopping
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Akihabara ©
Akihabara

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