Step into the enchanting world of Japan, where ancient traditions harmoniously blend with modern innovation. From the serene temples of Kyoto to the bustling streets of Tokyo, Japan invites you on a journey of discovery. Experience the art of tea ceremony, marvel at the breathtaking beauty of cherry blossoms in spring, and indulge in the exquisite flavors of sushi and ramen. Whether you’re exploring the iconic Mount Fuji, immersing yourself in the vibrant pop culture of Akihabara, or relaxing in a tranquil onsen, Japan captivates travelers with its unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty, promising an unforgettable adventure.
Many first-time travelers choose to spend roughly two weeks in Japan to see and explore the best of the country.That’s why we present you with an optimal itinerary of 14 days and 13 nights, getting to know amazing places and experiences in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, and even more!
Day 1: First taste of Tokyo
Sensoji Temple – Harajuku – Shibuya Crossing
Day 2: Relaxing Tokyo
Yanaka – Gyokurin-ji – Yanaka Cemetery
Ryogoku Kokugikan – Robot Restaurant – Tokyo Skytree
Day 4: Wonderful Kyoto
Higashiyama District, Kodaiji Temple and Maruyama Park
Day 5: Classic Kyoto
Saiho-ji, Funaoka Onsen and Okitsu Club
One of the most beautiful gardens in Japan is located on the grounds of the Saiho-ji temple. For a real ancient experience, we recommend visiting Funaoka Onsen – old but remarkably well-preserved saunas (indoors and outdoors), electric baths, stone-lined outdoor baths, herbal baths… There is no end to the pleasures and relaxation you can enjoy here. For a full experience, visit the Tahitchi restaurant nearby, for a warming bowl of miso soup. Okitsu Club Kyoto – If you wish to better understand Japanese culture, don’t think twice about visiting the Okitsu club.
Day 6: Last day in Kyoto
Nishiki Market, Fushimi Inari and Nanzen-ji
Nishiki Market – Fresh seafood, traditional Japanese cooking techniques, low prices, and a great location this is easily the best place to enjoy the local cuisine. Fushimi Inari-Taisha – This magnificent shrine and the thousands of movie scenes dedicated to this particular place make the spot a must-see for many world travelers. Nanzen-ji – This great temple has played a significant role in the past centuries, has had the title “First Temple of the Land”, forms part of the five great Zen temples of Kyoto, and has been a part of the Kyoto landscape since 1291. The view is something everyone will appreciate for its glory and power.
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Day 7: Nara day trip
Todai-ji, Nara-Koen park and Nara National Museum
Probably the single most famous temple of Nara goes by the name of Todai-ji. It is where the Daibutsu (the Great Buddha; 14,98m tall; 500 tons) is located. The Nara-Koen park – A gorgeous green space that unites history, nature, peace, and wild deer!. Nara National Museum – a place where you will be taught about the difference between the two types of Buddhist statues and their history.
Nara- Koen park
Day 8: Amazing Osaka
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Day 9: Last day in Osaka Umeda Sky Building – One of the most emblematic buildings of the city .This magnificent building offers a 360º view of Osaka from up above and is especially beautiful at night. Dotonbori – This is one of the most popular and essential tourist destinations in Osaka a single street that represents a whole city.
Kuromon Ichiba Market – This is a giant indoor market, whose doors first opened in 1920. The market is located just 10 minutes’ walking distance away from Dotonbori, which makes it the perfect destination, after a long walk. There you will find everything from fresh/live seafood, fresh vegetables, and meat, making for a great meal after a tiring day.
Day 10: The history of Hiroshima
Day 11: Miyajima day trip
Miyajima – The Shrine Island
Day 13: Last day in Fukuoka
Tocho Ji Temple – one of the oldest temples of Japan, guarding a 30-ton Buddha and many rare objects that have been collected over the years. Kawabata Shotengai – This is one of the oldest streets in the city. Currently, a shopping attraction, going down this street will make you feel like you have gone back in time. Fukuoka Tower – Our classic recommendation for the last stop of your visit – an illuminated view from above the city of Fukuoka. In Japan, it has become very popular to meet for a date at such high spaces, which is why this particular tower has an area called Lover’s Sanctuary. Couples can have their names/initials carved on lockets here.
Day 14: Return to Tokyo
Finally, on the last day, we suggest you just sit back and relax on your bullet train seat toward the Tokyo airports and on your journey back home.