8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Toronto
fly:  18 h
1
Narita
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
4
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
5
Kobe
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  20 h
End: Toronto

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.
To see reviews and other tourist information, use the Narita day trip tool.

Toronto, Canada to Narita is an approximately 17.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of ferry, flight, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in October, with highs in Narita at 25°C and lows at 15°C. On the 21st (Mon), you're off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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2
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Studio Nanairo as well as Robot Restaurant. On the 21st (Mon), get your game on at Studio Nanairo, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, then have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and finally enjoy the dining and entertainment at Robot Restaurant. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, then examine the collection at The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures, and finally don't miss a visit to Tokyo National Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo route planner.

Drive from Narita to Tokyo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Fun & Games Museums Nightlife
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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.
On the 23rd (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto driving holiday planning site.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take a stroll through Dotombori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary builder tool.

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. October in Osaka sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori ©
Dotombori

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night
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, don't miss a visit to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street, then wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and finally take a stroll through Kobe Harborland.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Kobe travel itinerary planner.

Kobe is very close to Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
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Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens ©
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland

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