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July - 9 Days in Japan

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July - 9 Days in Japan

Hi everyone,

My girlfriend and I will be in Japan for a week and currently have planned out the days as follows:

Day 1: Arrive June 28th, 5:00pm to Narita Airport. Train to Tokyo and then train from Tokyo to Kyoto

Day 2-3: Tour Kyoto

Day 4: Tour Osaka (day trip form Kyoto)

Day 5: Travel from Kyoto to Tokyo, and spend rest of day going around Tokyo

Day 6 - 8: Tokyo

Day 9: Depart 3:00pm from Narita Airport

We plan to buy the JR tourist train pass.

Does anyone recommendations to improve this schedule?

Any recommendations on must see places, things to do, and eat in Kyoyo, Osaka, and Tokyo?

Thanks for your help in advance! =)

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1. Re: July - 9 Days in Japan

Japanican E-vouvcher + NEX Tokyo direct ticket is a bit cheaper than 7 day JR Pass.



And you are qualified to ride fastest Nozomi Shinkansen, while you are not with JR Pass.

Basically, your itinerary is good.

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2. Re: July - 9 Days in Japan

Kyoto Must See:

- Kiyomizudera Temple

- Gion District

- Fushimi Inari Shrine

- Kinkakuji Temple

- Arashiyama (bamboo groove, Tenryuji Temple, Okochi Sanso Villa)

- The Philosopher's Path + nearby Nanzenji Temple + Ginkakuji Temple

-Nishiki Market

Kyoto Eats:

- Lots of great restaurants along Pontocho Alley near Gion

More on Arashiyama: blaineanderin.com/top-6-sights-of-kyotos-ara…

Tokyo Must See:

- Meiji Jingu Shrine

- Harajuku (shops, funky fashion)

- Shibuya Crossing (busiest pedestrian intersection in the world)

- Shinjuku: Shinjuku Gyoen Garden, Golden Gai, Tokyo Metropolitan Gov Building (Free observation decks)

- Roppongi Hills Mori Tower + Mori Art Museum

- Imperial Palace Gardens + Tokyo Station

- Sensoji Temple

- Ueno Park + Ameyokocho Market

-Tsukiji Fish Market

- Ginza: luxury shopping district

Tokyo itineraries: blaineanderin.com/tokyo-one-day-itineraries/

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3. Re: July - 9 Days in Japan

On Day 2, see the Higashiyama area; Day 3 Kinkakuji, Nijo Castle, and Arashiyama.

On Day 4, I recommend visiting Nara's Todaiji and Nara Park before going to Osaka for Osaka Castle and Namba area.

On Days 5-8, see Western parts of Tokyo (Shinjuku, Harajuku, Shibuya) as well as Eastern Parts (Asakusa, Akihabara, Otemachi, and Ginza). Might consider going by bus to Kawaguchiko on a fine day without clouds.

For details on what to see for each places, see Japan-Guide pages as well as JNTO and local tourism offices websites.





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4. Re: July - 9 Days in Japan

In Kyoto, how about Izu-ju for Saba-zushi: kyotofoodie.com/izuju-best-kyoto-style-sushi

Mini-Kaiseki or Shojin Ryori for lunch: http://www.bento.com/kansai/kc-kyoryori.html

(For something casual for beginners, Tagoto in Kawaramachi is nice: https://translate.google.com/translate…

I had a proper Unagi yesterday at Unazen (鰻禅) across the river from Asakusa. They told me that they were moving to a new building on the main street (northern side) closer to the Honjo Azumabashi Station in late June.


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