13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly + train:  14​h 15​min
1
Narita
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  27​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 2 nights
End: Tokyo

1
night
Narita

Narita ©
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): revel in the low prices at Shisui Premium Outlets, take in the spiritual surroundings of Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, and then make a trip to Naritasan Omote Sando.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Narita online vacation planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to Narita is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from Auckland to Narita, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Auckland in March, expect nights in Narita to be cooler, around 3°C, while days are little chillier, around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Shisui Premium Outlets
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Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Naritasan Omote Sando ©
Naritasan Omote Sando

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 list of things to see and do now includes STREET KART Shinagawa, Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, Imperial Palace, and other attractions. For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Takeshita Street. Get some cultural insight at Sensō-ji and Asakusa. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Odaiba and look for gifts at Kimono Me.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online sightseeing planner .

You can take a train from Narita to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Tokyo are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Ginza ©
Ginza

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, look for all kinds of wild species at Yodoryokuchi Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip maker website .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
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.
Get some historical perspective at Himeji Castle and Todai-ji Temple. Head to Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street and Minami (Namba)for some retail therapy. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple & Nara Park). There's more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka road trip site .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In March, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara, Himeji Castle
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You've now added Tokyo Disneyland to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland, then make a trip to Yokohama Chinatown, and then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo itinerary planner .

Take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll set off for home on the 29th (Sun).

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Yokohama Chinatown, Tokyo Disneyland
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Yokohama Chinatown ©
Yokohama Chinatown
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland

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