8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Nagoya
— Few hours
train:  45​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Helsinki

few
hours
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagoya online day trip planner .

Helsinki, Finland to Nagoya is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Helsinki to Nagoya is 7 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Helsinki in October: high temperatures in Nagoya hover around 24°C and lows are around 19°C. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites
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Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

4
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Kyoto journey planner .

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and finally take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Tokyo are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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