13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Orlando
Fly + train:  22​h 30​min
Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
Nara
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
Kobe
— Few hours
train:  30​min
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
Orlando

2
days
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 18th (Mon): browse the different shops at Namba Parks. On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yoshino and then contemplate the long history of Kinpusenji Temple.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Osaka attractions planner .

Orlando, USA to Osaka is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Orlando to Osaka. Traveling from Orlando in March, expect nights in Osaka to be slightly colder, around 41°F, while days are much colder, around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

#Shopping, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Yoshino-cho
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Namba Parks ©
Namba Parks
Kinpusenji Temple ©
Kinpusenji Temple
Mt. Yoshino ©
Mt. Yoshino

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Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 21st (Thu), examine the collection at Naramachi Mechanical Toy Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ukimido, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa, then take some stellar pictures from Todaiji Keidaicho, and finally browse the different shops at Nara Family.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nara road trip app .

Nara is very close to Osaka. In March, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Nara

#Shopping, #Historic Sites, #Museums
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Nara Family ©
Nara Family
Mt. Wakakusa ©
Mt. Wakakusa
Ukimido ©
Ukimido

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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 22nd (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Kobe City Museum (Kobe Shiritsu Hakubutsukan), examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, contemplate the long history of Kazamidori no Yakata, then steep yourself in history at Minatogawa Shrine, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki).

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kobe tour itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Nara to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

#Historic Sites, #Nature, #Parks
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Minatogawa Shrine ©
Minatogawa Shrine
Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki) ©
Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki)
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum

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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 (Sat): steep yourself in history at Ninna-ji Temple, then look for gifts at Teramachi Street, then browse the different shops at Kyoto Station Building, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto vacation builder .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Kobe. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

#Shopping, #Nature, #Parks
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Kyoto Station Building ©
Kyoto Station Building
Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple
Kamogawa River ©
Kamogawa River

2
days
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine, then engage your brain at Yamanashi Prefectural Maglev Exhibition Center, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Gotemba Premium Outlets. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tanuki and then look for gifts at Michi-no-Eki Asagiri Kogen.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Kyoto in March, you will find days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are a bit cooler (46°F), and nights are about the same (43°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

#Shopping, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trips

Fujinomiya, Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine, Yamanashi Prefectural Maglev Exhibition Center, Gotemba Premium Outlets
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Gotemba Premium Outlets ©
Gotemba Premium Outlets
Lake Tanuki ©
Lake Tanuki

3
days
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.
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and Asakusa Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tsukiji Market and Tokyo Midtown. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Sankeien Gardens (in Yokohama) and Enoshima Island (in Fujisawa). The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at TOKYO Solamachi, examine the collection at Samurai Museum, explore the world behind art at Mori Art Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park).

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 58°F by day to 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

#Parks, #Museums, #Shopping

Side Trips

Enoshima Island, Sankeien Gardens, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
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TOKYO Solamachi ©
TOKYO Solamachi
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

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