9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Ho Chi Minh City
Fly:  20​h
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Ho Chi Minh City

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Ueno Park, Shinobazu Pond, Kyu Kaneiji Five-Storied Pagoda, and other attractions.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Tokyo is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Tokyo, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Shinobazu Pond ©
Shinobazu Pond

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gion, Ginkakuji Temple, Philosopher's Walk, and other attractions you added. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, walk around Maruyama Park, steep yourself in history at Yasaka Shrine, then take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple, then take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kyoto driving holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Gion
Gion

2
nights
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 list of things to see and do now includes Universal Studios Japan, Dotonbori, Shinsekai, and other attractions. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, get engrossed in the history at Shitenno-ji Temple Homotsukan, make a trip to Shinsekai, then take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Osaka road trip site .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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