9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Taipei
Fly + Train:  6 h 45 min
1
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: Taipei

2
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Hikone Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, then explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Nagoya Higashiyamaso. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium and then examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nagoya trip planner.

Taipei, Taiwan to Nagoya is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from China Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Taipei in February; daily highs in Nagoya reach 7°C and lows reach 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Hikone Castle
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Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): examine the collection at Mizuno Sportology Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Dotonbori and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

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Take a train from Nagoya to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Nara
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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.
On the 7th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Gion, then make a trip to Nijo Castle, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online vacation planner .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

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
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.
On the 9th (Sun), get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings and then wander the streets of Odaiba.

To see more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo visit planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. February in Tokyo sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

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

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