8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

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): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kanasana Shrine.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Honjo holiday planner.

Tokyo to Honjo is an approximately 2-hour car ride. In May, daytime highs in Honjo are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time 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, then take a stroll through Nakamachi Street, then take a stroll through Nawate Shopping District, and finally steep yourself in history at Yohashira Shrine.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto driving holiday planner.

Getting from Chichibu to Matsumoto by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Matsumoto can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Takashima.

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Soanji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Hikone Castle, see the interesting displays at Hikone Castle Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of 玄宮園 - Genkyūen Garden 玄宮園, then admire the natural beauty at Rakuraku Garden, and finally stop by Itoju Honten.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hikone trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Hikone in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Hikone sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for the train ride 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

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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 Dotonbori as well as Osaka Castle. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle and then wander the streets of Dotonbori. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Kuromon Market and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Takashima to Osaka takes 2 hours. When traveling from Takashima 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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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 ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nara trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Osaka to Nara by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Traveling from Osaka in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 22°C in Nara. On the 12th (Tue), you'll travel 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.
On the 13th (Wed), get your game on at Kariya Highway Oasis, explore the world behind art at Takahashi Setsuo Gallery, then examine the collection at Toyota Kaikan Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Toyota Municipal Museum of Art.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Toyota trip planner.

You can drive from Nara to Toyota in 3 hours. Traveling from Nara in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Toyota, with lows of 18°C. Finish up 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 ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ito online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Toyota to Ito takes 4 hours. Traveling from Toyota in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Ito, with lows of 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Ito

Trails Parks Outdoors
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Jogasaki Coast ©
Jogasaki Coast

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