8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Toronto
fly:  18​h
1
Narita
— 1 night
train:  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 find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Narita trip itinerary planning website .

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 shuttle, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in October, with highs in Narita at 25°C and lows at 15°C. On the 21st (Mon), you'll travel 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. Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): get your game on at Studio Nanairo, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, then get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and finally take in a show at Robot Restaurant. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, then see the interesting displays at The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures, and finally explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary site .

You can take a train from Narita to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. October in Tokyo sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Kyoto online trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

1
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.
On the 24th (Thu), wander the streets of Dotonbori and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Osaka day trip app .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

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

1
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.
On the 25th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, don't miss a visit to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street, then take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and finally take a stroll through Kobe Harborland.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kobe trip planner.

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In October, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping Neighborhoods 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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