9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train + bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
train:  3​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Dubai

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.
Keep things going the next day: get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Tokyo Tower, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, then don't miss a visit to Tokyo Skytree, and finally take a stroll through Akihabara.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo day trip site .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Dubai to Tokyo. In November, Tokyo is cooler than Dubai - with highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

1
night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 2nd (Mon), trek along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then get great views at Hakone Ropeway, and finally don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley.

To find reviews and other tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi road trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 8°C by day to 5°C at night. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Nature
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Hakone Ropeway ©
Hakone Ropeway

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Arashiyama as well as Gion. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Gion, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, make a trip to Bamboo Forest Street, and then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto road trip planner .

Take a train from Hakone-machi to Kyoto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Hakone-machi in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

3
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 4th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Senko-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Mizuno Sportology Gallery, then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, and then get your game on at Ninja-Do.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Osaka attractions planner.

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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