5 days in Japan Itinerary

5 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan route planner
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Kyoto
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Tokyo
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Kyoto — 2 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.
Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Dotombori District in Dotombori--about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, wander the streets of Gion, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary builder website.

San Francisco, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in January, things will get little chillier in Kyoto: highs are around 48°F and lows about 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can fly to Tokyo.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Tokyo — 2 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 24th (Tue), make a trip to Tokyo Tower, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then make a trip to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and finally discover the magic at Tokyo DisneySea.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. January in Tokyo sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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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.
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