8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Tokyo
Drive:  1 h 45 min
1
Honjo
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Hikone
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Osaka
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
5
Nara
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Toyota
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Ito
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
End: Tokyo

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Honjo

Honjo ©
Honjō is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 77,880 and a population density of 868 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kanasana Shrine.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Honjo online trip itinerary builder.

Tokyo to Honjo is an approximately 2- hour car ride. May in Honjo sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Honjo

Historic Sites
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Kanasana Shrine ©
Kanasana Shrine

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Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, stop by Nakamachi Street, then wander the streets of Nawate Shopping District, and finally contemplate the long history of Yohashira Shrine.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Matsumoto road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Honjo to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Matsumoto are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hikone.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Yohashira Shrine ©
Yohashira Shrine
Nawate Shopping District
Nawate Shopping District

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Hikone

Hikone ©
A small city on the shores of the country's largest lake, Hikone draws in visitors with its fine castle.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Soanji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Hikone Castle, see the interesting displays at Hikone Castle Museum, then make a trip to 玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園, then admire the natural beauty at Rakuraku Garden, and finally stop by Itoju Honten.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hikone holiday planning tool.

Drive from Matsumoto to Hikone in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Hikone sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 20°C at night. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Hikone

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Hikone Castle ©
Hikone Castle
Hikone Castle Museum ©
Hikone Castle Museum
玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園 ©
玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dotombori as well as Osaka Castle. On the 10th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle and then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

For photos and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hikone to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Hikone in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Osaka, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori ©
Dotombori

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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.
To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Nara online visit planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Osaka in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 22°C in Nara. On the 12th (Tue), you're off to Toyota.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Toyota

Toyota ©
Home to the internationally known car manufacturer of the same name, Toyota ranks as the largest city in Aichi Prefecture.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): have some family-friendly fun at Kariya Highway Oasis, then admire the masterpieces at Takahashi Setsuo Gallery, then see the interesting displays at Toyota Kaikan Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Toyota Municipal Museum of Art.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Toyota trip planner.

Drive from Nara to Toyota in 3 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nara in May since evenings lows in Toyota dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Ito.

Things to do in Toyota

Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Kariya Highway Oasis
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Toyota Kaikan Museum ©
Toyota Kaikan Museum
Toyota Municipal Museum of Art ©
Toyota Municipal Museum of Art

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Ito

Ito ©
Not too far from the capital, Ito has developed a reputation as a resort town, with a fair portion of its area lying within a national park.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): hike along Jogasaki Coast.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ito sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by car from Toyota to Ito takes 4 hours. Traveling from Toyota in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Ito, with lows around 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Ito

Nature Trails Parks
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Jogasaki Coast ©
Jogasaki Coast

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