11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Nara
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
5
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  16 h 30 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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Harajuku Takeshita-dori as well as Daikanyama T-Site. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Western Art and then wander the streets of Marunouchi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): explore the world behind art at The National Art Center, Tokyo, get a taste of the local shopping with Harajuku Takeshita-dori, and then take a stroll through Ueno.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo holiday website .

Newark, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Newark in November, with highs in Tokyo at 62°F and lows at 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Yokohama
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Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street
Ueno ©
Ueno
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 ©
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninna-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja, and finally wander the streets of Pontocho. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki), make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple
Shosei-en Garden ©
Shosei-en Garden
Pontocho ©
Pontocho

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.
On the 10th (Sat), take some stellar pictures from Nishinokyo District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ukimido, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kazugayama Genshirin, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally get great views at Todaiji Keidaicho.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nara trip itinerary builder .

Nara is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. November in Nara sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Ukimido ©
Ukimido
Kasugayama ©
Kasugayama
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

2
nights
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 11th (Sun), get a taste of the local shopping with America Mura, have a few drinks at Video Game Bar Space Station, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Minami (Namba). On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Osaka City Central Hall, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and then make a trip to Osaka Takoyaki Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Osaka tour planner .

Osaka is very close to Nara. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in November, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping Fun & Games
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America Mura ©
America Mura
PC and Retro Bar Space Station ©
PC and Retro Bar Space Station
Thermal Spas

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 12th (Mon), take a stroll through Kagurazaka and then kick back and relax at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planning tool .

Do a combination of train and flight from Osaka to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and train; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Childrens Museums
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National Museum of Nature and Science ©

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