8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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Nagoya
— 2 nights
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Hikone
— 1 day
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Maizuru
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Nagoya

Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 28th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, then engage your brain at Nagoya City Science Museum, then don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hosho-in (Osu Kannon). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, explore the historical opulence of Seinan Sumiyagura, meet the residents at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and finally make a trip to Nagoya Urban Institute.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Nagoya trip builder site.

Tokyo to Nagoya is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Nagoya can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. On the 30th (Fri), you're off to Hikone.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 30:

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Hikone

A small city on the shores of the country's largest lake, Hikone draws in visitors with its fine castle.
For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hikone trip website.

You can drive from Nagoya to Hikone in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. You will leave for Maizuru on the 30th (Fri).

Things to do in Hikone

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 30 — 31:

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Maizuru

Maizuru is a city in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan, on an inlet of the Sea of Japan. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Maizuru Repatriation Memorial Museum, snap pictures at Kitasuisan Bridge, and then steep yourself in history at Maizuru Brick Park.

Before you visit Maizuru, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Hikone to Maizuru takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daily temperatures in Maizuru can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Maizuru

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 30 — 31:

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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.
Step out of Kyoto to go to Osaka and see Universal Studios Japan, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, look for gifts at Hashiya Kaede, and go for a walk through Gion.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto itinerary planner.

Drive from Maizuru to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Maizuru in October, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 27°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 4:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Shiga Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Historic Walking Areas
Shiga Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan, which forms part of the Kansai region in the western part of Honshu island. It encircles Lake Biwa, the largest freshwater lake in Japan. The capital is Ōtsu.

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