14 days in Japan & Bucharest Itinerary

14 days in Japan & Bucharest Itinerary

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14 days in Japan & Bucharest Itinerary

Start: Craiova, Romania
Fly:  28​h
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  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
Fly:  20​h
6
Bucharest, Romania
— 1 night
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, shopping, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo vacation planner.

Craiova, Romania to Tokyo is an approximately 28-hour flight. Traveling from Craiova to Tokyo, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Craiova in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, get engrossed in the history at Kanaya Hotel History House, stroll around Nikko National Park, then go for a walk through Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nikko holiday planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in May, plan for little chillier days in Nikko, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Nikko National Park
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Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu

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.
On the 16th (Thu), wander the streets of Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner .

Getting from Nikko to Osaka by train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

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

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.
On the 18th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heian Shrine, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally wander the streets of Gion.

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Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In May, daytime highs in Kyoto are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. 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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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
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, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then make a trip to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, and finally steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, then stop by 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, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip maker site .

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in May, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°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
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

1
night
Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest ©
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
On the 22nd (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Museum of History of the Jewish Community, admire the striking features of Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", then tour the pleasant surroundings at Herăstrău Park, and finally admire the striking features of Stavropoleos Church (Biserica Stravrapoleos). Here are some ideas for day two: get a sense of history and politics at Palace of Parliament, take in nature's colorful creations at Cismigiu Gardens, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then take a stroll through Old Town, and finally wander the streets of Lipscani.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Bucharest trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Kanazawa to Bucharest in 20 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Kanazawa to Bucharest due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Kanazawa in May since evenings lows in Bucharest dip to 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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Herăstrău Park ©
Herăstrău Park
Palace of Parliament ©
Palace of Parliament

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