Japan in 10 Days

Updated: Apr 3, 2020

Japan is a small and beautiful country with SO much to offer! From picturesque nature scenes to bustling cities, follow this 10-day itinerary to make the most of your time there by squeezing in as much of the country as you possibly can.

DAY 1: TOKYO

For more details about each place listed below, read my Beginner's Guide to Tokyo

> Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

> Kabukicho

> Shibuya crossing

> Yoyogi Park

> Harajuku Street

> Takeshita Dori

DAY 2: TOKYO

> Tokyo Tower

> The National Art Center, Tokyo

> Imperial Palace

> Kokyo Gaien National Garden

> Marunouchi Naka Dori:

> National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo:


DAY 3: TOKYO

> Kaminarimon

> Asakusa-dori

> Sensoji temple

> Ueno Imperial Grant Park

> Ameyoko Street

> Akihabara

> Skytree


DAY 4: HAKONE

For more details about each place listed below, read my Beginner's Guide to Hakone

You can purchase the Hakone Day Pass for either 2 days of 3 days directly at the Shinjuku Station. The Day Pass will include your train ride from Shinjuku Station and all forms of transportation once you're in Hakone. Follow the Hakone Loop to get the most out of your time here:

1. Tozan Bus

2. Sightseeing Cruise

3. Ropeway

4. Tozan Cable Car

5. Tozan Train


DAY 6: KYOTO

For more details about each place listed below, read my Beginner's Guide to Kyoto

You can purchase the Shinkansen bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto directly from Tokyo Station for 13,080 Yen and the total journey will take about 2 hours.

> Shijo-dori

> Gion district

> Yasaka-Jinja Shrine

> Chion-in temple

> Nanzen-ji temple

> Philosopher's Path


DAY 7: KYOTO

> Kinkaku-ji

> Ryoan-ji Temple

> Arashiyama Park

Arashiyama Park by JR Rail Pass © Kinkaku-ji by Thousand Wonders ©

DAY 8: KYOTO and OSAKA

> Fushimi Inari-Taisha

> Daigoji

In the afternoon, hop on a train to Osaka (15 minutes). The train will drop you off at Namba station right in the heart of the city, so go drop off your bags at your hostel and walk around the city:

For more details about each place listed below, read my Beginner's Guide to Osaka

> Dotonbori/Namba

> Kuromon Ichiba Market


DAY 9: OSAKA

> Osaka Castle

> Kema Sakuranomiya Park

> Tenjinbashisuji


DAY 10: OSAKA

> Shitennoji Temple

> Isshinji Temple

> Tennoji Park


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