14 days in Japan & Bucharest Itinerary

14 days in Japan & Bucharest Itinerary

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Start: Craiova, Romania
Fly:  28 h
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Nikko, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  5 h 15 min
3
Osaka, Japan
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
4
Kyoto, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Kanazawa, Japan
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  20 h
6
Bucharest, Romania
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
End: Craiova, Romania

2
nights
Tokyo, Japan

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, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online day trip planner.

Craiova, Romania to Tokyo is an approximately 27- hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Craiova to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Craiova in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 19°C in Tokyo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Nikko, Japan

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 15th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, get engrossed in the history at Kanaya Hotel History House, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nikko National Park, then stroll around Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Nikko using our trip planner.

Drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in May, plan for slightly colder days in Nikko, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Nikko National Park
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Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

1
night
Osaka, Japan

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take a stroll through Dotombori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and then appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Osaka journey site.

You can take a train from Nikko to Osaka in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nikko in May: highs in Osaka hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori ©
Dotombori

2
nights
Kyoto, Japan

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 18th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and finally take a stroll through Gion.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kyoto online route planner.

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In May in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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nights
Kanazawa, Japan

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): make a trip to Omicho Market, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then make a trip to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, and finally wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Kanazawa Station, look for gifts at MIKOTO Tea House, then don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa day trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Kanazawa, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Bucharest.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

1
night
Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest ©
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Museum of History of the Jewish Community, admire the striking features of Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", then walk around Herăstrău Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Stavropoleos Monastery. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a sense of history and politics at Palace of Parliament, stroll around Cismigiu Gardens, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, and finally wander the streets of Lipscani.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Kanazawa to Bucharest takes 21.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Kanazawa in May, Bucharest is a bit cooler at night with lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Bucharest

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Palace of Parliament ©
Palace of Parliament
Muzeul National al Satului
Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti"
Stavropoleos Monastery ©
Stavropoleos Monastery

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