10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Osaka

— 2 nights
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 2nd (Sun), contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, then take a stroll through Dotombori District, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Keep things going the next day: ponder the world of politics at Mint Museum and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Osaka attractions planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Osaka is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. When traveling from Istanbul in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Osaka: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Kyoto

— 4 nights
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

For reviews and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 3 nights
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 8th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, then walk around Ueno Park, and finally get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou. On the next day, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and finally wander the streets of Akihabara.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo holiday planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. On the 10th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.