Are youthinking of traveling to Japanbut don't have many vacation days? Would you like to knowwhat to see in Japan in 10 days? Well, although 10 days are few to get to know Japan, it isenough time to explore the most popular places in the Nippon country, discover its fascinating culture and taste its delicious food.
Before getting down to business with the best places to visit in Japan in 10 days, we are going to answer some of the questions that you are surely asking yourself:
What is the best time to travel in Japan?
You can travel to Japan at any time of the year and each season brings a unique event to Japan that is worth enjoying.
That said, in our opinion it is important to consider when to travel to Japan because there are two times of the year when Japan dresses up:
Inspringwhen thecherry blossomsare in bloom
InAutumnwhen thered of the tree leavesis the predominant color in the landscapes.
I was lucky enough to visit Japan in the middle of Sakura, at the time of the cherry blossoms in 2018 and I have no words to describe how beautiful the streets and parks of Japan looked with the spectacular pink and white flowers.
How to get to Japan?
For thisroute of only 10 daysour advice is that you arrive in Japan through the Tokyo airport and leave from the Osaka international airport , or vice versa, depending on theprice of the plane tickets.
Another option is to arrive and return from Tokyo, if flights to Japan are much cheaper that way, but you already know that this will mean losing more time on transport during your trip and arriving more tired.
It all depends on thebudget you have to travel to Japan.
To compare the price of flights we recommend that you useSKYSCANNER, for us it is the best flight comparator on the internet.
How to get around Japan?
Unless you travel to Japan with an organized trip, it is best to move by bullet train, so you will have to get aRail Pass.
This way you will have unlimited rides for 7, 14 or 21 days on the bullet train in Japan. The Rail Pass must be purchased from outside of Japan, and you can purchase it through this link:Japan Rail Pass .
What to see in Japan in 10 days
Map of the route through Japan
10-day Japan itinerary
This is the route that we propose to travel through Japan in 10 days, but you already know that it is best to use it as a base and modify it according to your personal tastes.
In this route, the traditional prevails over modernity. If robots and video games attract a lot of attention then we advise you to add more to Tokyo one day and take it away from Kyoto.
We are going to start this itinerary in Tokyo, as we did, but do you know that if your flights are cheaper starting the trip from Osaka, you only have to start the route at the end?
Day 1: Arrival in Tokyo
You are going to spend only two days in Tokyo, so you have to make the most of your time in the capital of Japan.
The first day you will surely be looking forward to strolling through the streets of Tokyo and seeing some neon lights. We advise you to take it easy and go for a walk alongTakeshita Streetin theHarajuku neighborhood.
Then you can go tothe Shibuya neighborhoodto see theHachikostatueand cross the famousShibuya crossing athousand times.
Day 2: Tokyo
During the day we advise you to visit the most traditional Tokyo:
Tokyo Imperial Palace
You can also take a walk through thecommercialareaof Ginza.
And in the evening night you can go visit theShinjuku neighborhoodand have a beer at the famous bar overlooking the city of thePark Hyatt Tokyo,the hotel movieLost in Translation.
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Day 3: Mount Fuji and Ryokan
SeeMount Fujiand thenspend the night in a ryokan (traditional lodging)is a real highlight of the trip.
We saw Mount Fuji fromHakoneand took a boat ride onLake Ashiwhich was great.
Then we went up toMount Komagatakeby cable car to see the Mount better and we were very lucky because the day was very clear and we could see it very clearly (Mount Fuji is usually covered in clouds and you cannot always see it).
If you are looking for the typical photo of the five-story Red Pagoda and Mount Fuji in the background then instead of Hakone you have to go toLakeKawaguchiko
Both areas are very good to enjoy the views on Mount Fuji and spend the night in a Ryokan (Traditional Japanese Accommodation) with anonsen bath.
You have to spend the night yes or yes in a Ryokan (Traditional Accommodation) where you can bathe in traditional hot springs (Everyone in a chopped ball, as tradition dictates), put on a kimono and taste a typical traditional Japanese dinner. It is the most beautiful of the trip.
Travel to Kyoto from where you can settle in for a few days and do the excursions from there.
The days we were in Kyoto we stayed at the hotelRHIGA ROYAL KYOTOand we recommend it because the rooms were great and the hotel was very conveniently located near the Kyoto Station.
Kyoto is wonderful, so it is very important that you organize yourself very well here to make the most of your time.
The first day, since you will only have the afternoon because you will have arrived from Hakone, I advise you to go to thedowntownareaof Kyoto: The famousneighborhoods of Gion and Pontocho, which are neighborhoods of Geishas (I came in love with Pontocho) ,Kiyamachi, Teramachi and Shinkyogoku streets.When you go to Gion come to visit theYasaka Jinja Shrine.
Day 6: Nara and Osaka
In the morning you can take the train to and fromNara(45 minutes with your Rail Pass tickets) to see theTodaiji Templeand feed the deer in Nara Park.
And then in the afternoon go toOsaka(45 minutes)to seeOsaka Castleand stroll through theDotombori shopping areawhich is very famous for its lively nightlife and the number of restaurants you can find there. You can have a drink there and you're back in Kyoto.
Day 7: Kyoto
We are going to dedicate this day completely to traditional Kyoto.
You can organize to go to Arashiyama first and see the Sagano Bamboo Forest and then make an itinerary around the city and visit these places:
Kyoto Imperial Palace
Day 8: Kyoto
This day we recommend that you get up early to visit the famousFushimi Inari, the walk of the Red Toris, and thus avoid the mass of tourists a bit.
This day can visitKyoto Station,Higashi Honganji TempleandKiyomizu templewhen you return to visit Fushimi Inari.
Other places in Kyoto that you should visit are:
Day 9:Hiroshima and Miyahima
Some ask us if it is worth visitingHiroshima and Miyajima, because these two cities are a little far from the traditional route (about 2 and a half hours of travel with your Rail Pass).
I did not miss this excursion because the island of Miyahima is truly amazing .
Take the bullet train from Kyoto to Hiroshima. When you arrive in Hiroshima, take a train to Miyajimaguchi station from where you must go to the pier to board the ferry that will take you to the island of Miyajima.
If you want to see the floating Torii you have to go when there is high tide, you can check it out on this web page that we found:Torii Tides.
On the island you cannot miss theFloating Torii, theItsukushima Shrine, the Senjokaku temple and the Goju-no-to pagoda.
After lunch you can return toHiroshimaand visitthe Peace Park and Museum. If you have time to spare and you feel strong, come to visitHiroshima Castle.
Day 10: Back home
The trip is over, travel from Kyoto to Osaka International Airport where you will take your flight back.
Japan is a fascinating country, a place of contrasts where tradition and modernity coexist harmoniously and definitely a country with a culture and customs unlike any you have ever known before.
Make the most of the 10 days you have to visit Japan with this route : Stroll through the narrow streets of Kyoto, be dazzled by the neon lights of Tokyo and be amazed by the freaks that you will find in its most nerdy neighborhoods and enjoy the delicious Japanese gastronomy.
Hopefully this route that I followed will help you plan your itinerary, which of course you must customize to your style. You will tell us what you think of Japan.
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