9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour planner
Make it your trip
Drive to San Francisco International Airport, Fly to Osaka International Airport, Drive to Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train to Shin-Fuji(Shizuoka), Bus to Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
— 3 nights
Fly to Laguindingan Airport, Drive to Butuan


Kyoto — 3 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.
On the 15th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then wander the streets of Gion.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto itinerary planner.

San Jose, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Jose to Kyoto is 17 hours. Traveling from San Jose in December, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 39°F, while days are little chillier, around 52°F. You will leave for Fujikawaguchiko-machi on the 18th (Sun).
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:

Fujikawaguchiko-machi — 1 night

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 18th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum and then stroll around Oishi Park.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi planning site.

Getting from Kyoto to Fujikawaguchiko-machi by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Kyoto in December, you will find days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are slightly colder (45°F), and nights are about the same (41°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.
Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 19:

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, then get in on the family fun at Tokyo DisneySea, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 54°F to lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Theme Parks
Side Trip
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Japan travel guide

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.