11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Shanghai
Fly:  2​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Shanghai

4
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.
Minami (Namba) has been added to your itinerary. There's more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary planner.

Shanghai, China to Osaka is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also ride a ferry. Traveling from Shanghai to Osaka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, daytime highs in Osaka are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. On the 25th (Sat), you'll travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nishiki Market Shopping District as well as Gion. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, make a trip to Nishiki Market Shopping District, and then wander the streets of Gion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kyoto journey planner.

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. You will leave for Tokyo on the 27th (Mon).

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

4
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: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, stroll around Ueno Park, take a stroll through Ginza, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tokyo vacation builder app .

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. On the 1st (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Childrens Museums
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

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