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Classic Japan

This is the most classic of the itineraries, a 10 days course thought for those visiting Japan from Europe or America for the first time.

Check the 2 and 3 weeks versions on the following tabs as well:

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Details and descriptions after the map!

On your first journey to Japan, you will probably want to see the main highlight destinations, so here are some tips to enjoy your first encounter with Japan!

Cities you are going to see

– Tokyo, the capital city, the perfect start for your Japanese adventure with its modern vibe and convenient locations

– Yokohama, one of the first open-port, after the opening of Japan with the Meiji Renovation in the 19th century

– Kamakura, the capital of part of Japan during the Kamakura Shogunate

– Kyoto, no description needed for the ancient capital, with rich temples and traditional sights

– Osaka, where you can find some of the greatest food of Japan with its vibrant and playful mood

– Nara, where hundreds of deers will welcome you in their greenery immersed temples and shrines

Kyoto Kiyomizu Shrine

Suggested route

In order to get the most from your travel to Japan, we may suggest you to enter from Tokyo (Haneda HND or Narita NRT Airports) and get our from Osaka (Kansai KIX Airport). Note that the direct routes mentioned here are update as of January 2018, and they might change. Alsom some cities may have a limited number of flight per week, so please, double check yourself on the internet.

Click here for more details about how to fly to Japan!

Model Plan

A sparkling Night view of Tokyo

Day Activity Overnight
Day 1 Travel from your home country to Japan (arrival time varies)
If free from the afternoon: Shinjuku and evening in Shibuya
Tokyo
Day 2 Tokyo sightseeing: Imperial Palace, Asakusa Senso-ji Temple Tokyo
Day 3 Tokyo sightseeing, choose an itinerary:

  1. “Discovering Tokyo Architecture: Omotesando, Aoyama and Ginza”
  2. “Art and Culture: Ueno and Roppongi Museums”
  3. “Anime and Manga: Akihabara and Ikebukuro”
Tokyo
Day 4 One day in Kamakura and evening in Yokohama Tokyo
Day 5 From Tokyo to Kyoto (morning Shinkansen)
Kyoto sightseeing: Yasaka Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple and Fushimi Inari Shrine
Kyoto
Day 6 Kyoto sightseeing: Kinkakuji and Arashiyama, evening at Shijo-Kawaramachi and Pontocho Kyoto
Day 7 One day in Nara: Todai-ji, Kasuga Shrine and Nara Park Kyoto
Day 8 From Kyoto to Osaka by local train in the morning
Osaka sightseeing: Osaka Castle, Shinsaibashi and Namba
Osaka
Day 9 Free time, or shopping if you have a late flight in plane
Day 10 Back to your country

Details and descriptions after the map!

On your first journey to Japan, you will probably want to see the main highlight destinations, so here are some tips to enjoy your first encounter with Japan!
In this 14 days option we added one more day sightseeing from Tokyo and an extension to Hiroshima. This itinerary needs a Japan Rail Pass.

Cities you are going to see

– Tokyo, the capital city, the perfect start for your Japanese adventure with its modern vibe and convinient locations

– Yokohama, one of the first open-port, after the opening of Japan with the Meiji Renovation in the 19th century

– Kamakura, the capital of part of Japan during the Kamakura Shogunate

– Nikko, pleasant town nested in the mountains of Tochigi, with the imposing Tosho-gu Shrine

– Hakone or Mount Fuji Lakes area: recommended especially if visiting Japan NOT in the mid of summer (when usually gets too cloudy and misty to be able to admire the Mount Fuji)

– Kyoto, no description needed for the ancient capital, with rich temples and traditional sights

– Osaka, where you can find some of the greatest food of Japan with its vibrant and playful mood

– Nara, where hundreds of deer will welcome you in their greenery immersed temples and shrines

-Hiroshima, to visit to let us think deeply about the horrific Atomic Bombing of WW2, and Miyajima Island, a World Cultural Heritage

Night in Yokohama

Suggested route

In order to get the most from your travel to Japan, we may suggest you to enter from Tokyo (Haneda HND or Narita NRT Airports) and get our from Osaka (Kansai KIX Airport). Note that the direct routes mentioned here are update as of January 2018, and they might change. Also, some cities may have a limited number of flight per week, so please, double check yourself on the internet.
If you come from Asia, you could also fly out from Hiroshima International Airport, which is linked to some cities in China, Taiwan and South Korea.

Click here for more details about how to fly to Japan!

Model Plan

Miyajima Island during the cherry blooming

Day Activity Overnight
Day 1 Travel from your home country to Japan (arrival time varies)
If free from the afternoon: Shinjuku and evening in Shibuya
Tokyo
Day 2 Tokyo sightseeing: Imperial Palace, Asakusa Senso-ji Temple Tokyo
Day 3  One day in Kamakura and evening in Yokohama Tokyo
 Day 4 Tokyo sightseeing, choose an itinerary:

  1. “Discovering Tokyo Architecture: Omotesando, Aoyama and Ginza”
  2. “Art and Culture: Ueno and Roppongi Museums”
  3. “Anime and Manga: Akihabara and Ikebukuro”
Tokyo
Day 5 One day in Nikko, Lake Chuzenji and Kegon Falls

– OR –

One day at Hakone Hot springs, or Mount Fuji (not suggested during the central months of Summer due to the weather and the poor visibility of Mount Fuji)

Tokyo
Day 6 Tokyo sightseeing, choose an itinerary:

  1. “Discovering Tokyo Architecture: Omotesando, Aoyama and Ginza”
  2. “Art and Culture: Ueno and Roppongi Museums”
  3. “Anime and Manga: Akihabara and Ikebukuro”
Tokyo
Day 7 From Tokyo to Kyoto (morning Shinkansen)
Kyoto sightseeing: Yasaka Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple and Fushimi Inari Shrine
Kyoto
Day 8 Kyoto sightseeing: Kinkakuji and Arashiyama, evening at Shijo-Kawaramachi and Pontocho Kyoto
Day 9 Kyoto sightseeing: Kyoto
Day 10 From Kyoto to Hiroshima (morning Shinkansen)
Visit Miyajima and stay in Hiroshima city or Miyajima Island itself
Hiroshima
Day 11 Visit the Peace Memorial Museum, Hiroshima Castle and Peace Park of Hiroshima
From Hiroshima to Osaka (evening Shinkansen)
Osaka
Day 12 One day in Nara: Todai-ji, Kasuga Shrine and Nara Park Osaka
Day 13 Osaka sightseeing: Osaka Castle, Shinsaibashi and Namba in plane
Day 14 Back to your country

Details and descriptions after the map!

On your first journey to Japan, you will probably want to see the main highlight destinations, so here are some tips to enjoy your first encounter with Japan!
If you have time and balance, with 21 days you can really enjoy the best of Japan, plus something off the beaten path (which is what we love to suggest through our website)
In this 21 days option we created a detour from Tokyo to Kansai region by passing through the Hokuriku area, as well as the extension to Hiroshima like the 2 weeks option. This itinerary also needs a Japan Rail Pass.

Cities you are going to see

– Tokyo, the capital city, the perfect start for your Japanese adventure with its modern vibe and convinient locations

– Yokohama, one of the first open-port, after the opening of Japan with the Meiji Renovation in the 19th century

– Kamakura, the capital of part of Japan during the Kamakura Shogunate

– Nikko, pleasant town nested in the mountains of Tochigi, with the imposing Tosho-gu Shrine

– Hakone or Mount Fuji Lakes area: recommended especially if visiting Japan NOT in the mid of summer (when usually gets too cloudy and misty to be able to admire the Mount Fuji)

– Matsumoto, famous for one of the most beautifully preserved Japanese Castles

– Kanazawa, the golden city, with mouthwatering fresh sushi and one of the great gardens of Japan

– Shirakawa-go, a pretty traditional town in the middle of Japanese Alps

– Kyoto, no description needed for the ancient capital, with rich temples and traditional sights

– Osaka, where you can find some of the greatest food of Japan with its vibrant and playful mood

– Nara, where hundreds of deer will welcome you in their greenery immersed temples and shrines

-Hiroshima, to visit to let us think deeply about the horrific Atomic Bombing of WW2, and Miyajima Island, a World Cultural Heritage

Autumn foliage at Mount Koya

Suggested route

In order to get the most from your travel to Japan, we may suggest you to enter from Tokyo (Haneda HND or Narita NRT Airports) and get our from Osaka (Kansai KIX Airport). Note that the direct routes mentioned here are update as of January 2018, and they might change. Also, some cities may have a limited number of flight per week, so please, double check yourself on the internet.
If you come from Asia, you could also fly out from Hiroshima International Airport, which is linked to some cities in China, Taiwan and South Korea.

Click here for more details about how to fly to Japan!

Model Plan

Matsumoto Castle

Day Activity Overnight
Day 1 Travel from your home country to Japan (arrival time varies)
If free from the afternoon: Shinjuku and evening in Shibuya
Tokyo
Day 2 Tokyo sightseeing: Imperial Palace, Asakusa Senso-ji Temple Tokyo
Day 3 Tokyo sightseeing, choose an itinerary:

  1. “Discovering Tokyo Architecture: Omotesando, Aoyama and Ginza”
  2. “Art and Culture: Ueno and Roppongi Museums”
  3. “Anime and Manga: Akihabara and Ikebukuro”
Tokyo
Day 4  One day in Kamakura and evening in Yokohama Tokyo
Day 5 Tokyo sightseeing, choose an itinerary:

  1. “Discovering Tokyo Architecture: Omotesando, Aoyama and Ginza”
  2. “Art and Culture: Ueno and Roppongi Museums”
  3. “Anime and Manga: Akihabara and Ikebukuro”
Tokyo
Day 6 One day in Nikko, Lake Chuzenji and Kegon Falls Tokyo
Day 7 Tokyo sightseeing, choose an itinerary:

  1. “Discovering Tokyo Architecture: Omotesando, Aoyama and Ginza”
  2. “Art and Culture: Ueno and Roppongi Museums”
  3. “Anime and Manga: Akihabara and Ikebukuro”
Tokyo
Day 8

One day at Hakone Hot springs, or Mount Fuji

(not suggested during the central months of Summer,
due to the weather and the poor visibility of Mount Fuji
)

Tokyo
Day 9 From Tokyo to Matsumoto (morning Limited Express “Azusa” from Shinjuku)
Visit the beautiful Matsumoto Castle from the morning until noon, and continue to Kanazawa via Nagano
Kanazawa
Day 10 Visit Kanazawa: the Castle, the Samurai district and one of the three great Gardens of Japan Kanazawa
Day 11 Day trip to Shirakawa-go traditional village Kanazawa
Day 12 Continue from Kanazawa to Kyoto (morning Limited Express “Thunderbird”)
Check in, and Kyoto sightseeing: Yasaka Shrine,  Gion and Kiyomizu Temple
Kyoto
Day 13 Kyoto sightseeing: Kinkakuji and Arashiyama, evening at Shijo-Kawaramachi and Pontocho Kyoto
Day 14 Kyoto sightseeing: Fushimi Inari Shrine and Uji Byodo-in Temple Kyoto
Day 15 Kyoto sightseeing: Koke-dera Temple with calligraphy experience (advanced booking necessary)
or Day trip to the north: Kibune Shrine and Kurama-dera
Kyoto
Day 16 From Kyoto to Hiroshima (morning Shinkansen)
Visit Miyajima and stay in Hiroshima city or Miyajima Island itself
Hiroshima
Day 17 Half day in Iwakuni, to visit the famous Kintai-kyo bridge.
In the afternoon, back to Hiroshima, and visit the Peace Memorial Museum, Hiroshima Castle and Peace Park of Hiroshima
Hiroshima
Day 18 Back to Kansai, by stopping in Kurashiki or Okayama for a day, or half day sightseeing.
You can send your luggage the day before, or store them at the stations’ lockers.
Osaka
Day 19 Osaka sightseeing: Osaka Castle, Shinsaibashi and Namba Osaka
Day 20 One day in Nara: Todai-ji, Kasuga Shrine and Nara Park Osaka
Day 21 Day trip to the Mount Koya
– OR –
Day in Kobe: Sannomiya area, with the best restaurants of Kobe-gyu steak, Kitano European houses district, China Town and evening at the Meriken Park on the sea.
Osaka
Day 20 Free time, or shopping if you have a late flight in plane
Day 21 Back to your country

Where to sleep

Click here for some hints about good positions for your hotel and accommodations.

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