10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Dotombori District and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Osaka day trip planning site.

Manchester, UK to Osaka is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Manchester to Osaka. Traveling from Manchester in March, things will get a bit warmer in Osaka: highs are around 16°C and lows about 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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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.
Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. March in Tokyo sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Parks · Spas

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Japan travel guide

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.