Sample Routes 10 Day Tour Suggestions Starting from Tokyo and Osaka

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Day 1

Land at Narita Airport and take the train to Tokyo. Rest and recover from your flight (and please do not worry about rushing to your ryokan to be in time for dinner – after sitting in an airplane for 12 hours and eating the entire time the last thing you will want to do is have more to eat. Choose the “breakfast only” or “no meals” option on your first night in Japan).

Day 2 – Nikko

Visit Nikko and explore its complex of temples and shrines at Toshogu. Transportation: at Tokyo train station, take the JR Shinkansen on the Yamabiko Line to Utsunomiya train station. At this station, change to the Nikko Line and go to Nikko train station.

Day 3 & 4 – Hakone

Visit Hakone in Japan’s famous Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Transportation: Return to Tokyo train station and take the JR Shinkansen (Bullet Train) to Odawara train station. At Odawara, you can buy the Hakone Free Pass (3 days for 4,130 yen) which gives you access to Odakyu railways, cable cars, buses, and boats.

Day 5 & 6 – Takayama, Shirakawago

Visit Takayama, a culturally rich and historic scenic mountain town. Also, Shirakawago which contains thatched-roofed houses and is one of the most picturesque villages in Japan. Transportation: take the JR Shinkansen train to Nagoya, and then at Nagoya take the Express train to Takayama. From Takayama, it is a 2 hour bus ride to Ogimachi with a bus change in Makido. (If you have a JR Rail Pass, you can use it between Makido and Ogimachi and only buy the ticket between Takayama and Makido). /p>

Day 7, 8 & 9 – Kyoto

Visit Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan. This city contains hundreds and hundreds of temples, shrines, gardens, as well as the old Imperial Palace. Learn about and meet a real Kyoto Geisha! Time permitting, a one day trip to Nara is also recommended. Transportation: take the Express train from Takayama to Nagoya, and change to the JR Shinkansen at Nagoya and take it to JR Kyoto train station.

Day 10

Take the JR Shinkansen back to Tokyo train station and take the Express train to Narita Airport.

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