14 Day Japan Itinerary - Japan Rail Pass Blog (2023)

Many first-time travelers choose to spend around two weeks in Japan to see and explore the best of the country.

That's why we present you with an ideal 14-day, 13-night itinerary to discover incredible places and experiences in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, Fukuoka and much more!


  • 1 Day 1: First taste of Tokyo
    • 1.1 Templo Sensoji – Harajuku – Cruce de Shibuya
  • 2 Day 2: Relaxing Tokyo
    • 2.1 Neger – Gyokurin-ji – Cementerio Neger
  • 3 Day 3: Last day in Tokyo
    • 3.1 Ryogoku Kokugikan – Restaurante Roboter – Tokyo Skytree
  • 4 Day 4: Wonderful Kyoto
    • 4.1 Distrito de Higashiyama, Templo Kodaiji e Parque Maruyama
  • Day 5: Kyoto Classic
    • 5.1 Club Saiho-ji, Funaoka Onsen and Okitsu
  • 6 Day 6: Last day in Kyoto
    • 6.1 Mercado Nishiki, Fushimi Inari e Nanzen-ji
  • 7 Day 7: Day trip to Nara
    • 7.1 Todai-ji, Nara-Koen-Park e Nara-National Museum
  • 8 Day 8: Amazing Osaka
  • 9 Day 9: Last day in Osaka
  • 10 Day 10: The Story of Hiroshima
  • 11 Day 11: Miyajima day trip
  • 12 Day 12: Incredible Fukuoka
  • 13 Day 13: Last day in Fukuoka
  • 14 Day 14: Return to Tokyo
  • 15 Other Destinations

Day 1: First taste of Tokyo

Templo Sensoji – Harajuku – Cruce de Shibuya

Check out our "3 days in Tokyo' for more information on how to redeem your Japan Rail Pass and use it on the Narita Express to get to central Tokyo.

  • A fantastic start to your14 days in Japanwould be to visit one of the most colorful and at the same time most spiritual temples that Tokyo has to offer: theSenso-ji-Tempel. The temple's location is in Asakusa, where you will also find a huge number of small shopping streets with local delicacies and surprises.
  • don't missharajuku,Tokyo's weirdest, funniest, most diverse neighborhood. This is the place where young people indulge in all senses of fashion, the place where you can have the craziest shopping experience and where you can see the drastic evolution of Japanese culture, from classic temples steeped in history to Harajuku: Fashion . District.
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  • It is clear,Cruce de Shibuya, the most popular place to visit in Tokyo. Located in the heart of the city (beyond the Yamanote line), Shibuya is the perfect place to fully immerse yourself in Japanese culture and make the most of modern Tokyo.

Day 2: Relaxing Tokyo

Negro - Gyokurin-ji - Cemetery Negro

  • Stroll through the beautiful neighborhood ofThings– One of the few remaining places in Tokyo where the ancient spirit, traditional Japanese lifestyle and tranquility have held their place for decades. A very strange street in this area is Yanaka Ginza Street. It is perfect for all cat lovers, as the stores on this street are full of the presence of these animals.
  • Gyokurin-ji- One of the hidden treasures of the Yanaka district. Visit this environmental temple, home to an ancient Chinquapin tree.
  • Schwarzer Friedhof- Surprisingly, Yanaka Cemetery is a peaceful place that arouses the curiosity of many people to see the eternal tomb of the famous Tokugawa Yoshinobu, the last shogun of the Edo period.

Day 3: Last day in Tokyo

Ryogoku Kokugikan – Restaurant Roboter – Tokyo Skytree

  • If you are in town for aSumo Tournament, we strongly recommend that you do not miss these events. HeRyogoku KokugikanIt is one of the best stadiums in the worldto see a classic sumo match for the first time.
  • robot restaurant(Shinjuku Station on the Yamanote Line) – The ultimate experience forEveryone who has never been served by giant robots controlled by girls in bikinis!This unique experience has driven many international tourists crazy, wanting to come back for more.
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  • After seeing the many different faces of Tokyo, the crowning glory is a view from above, i.e. from thetokyo sky tree. This is the second tallest structure in the world (the tallest being the Burj Khalifa in Dubai) and offers mesmerizing views of the city by day and magically inspired vistas by night.

Day 4: Wonderful Kyoto

Distrito de Higashiyama, Templo Kodaiji e Parque Maruyama

  • A great way to start yourKyoto Adventuresvisit theHigashiyamaDistrict.This historic place offers an authentic Kyoto atmosphere and has been very well preserved over the centuries.The ancient capital of Japan reflects very well amongHeiligtum Yasakait's atTempel Kiyomizudera, where narrow streets and wooden shops will transport you back in time.
  • Templo Kodai-ji– The secret of this temple located in the same area is the bamboo forest located behind. There time stands still and a walk through the bamboo forest will seem like a unique experience.
  • Maruyama ParkFor its countless cherry trees,This park has quickly become one of the most famous tourist destinations and sites throughout the year.Cherry BlossomPeriod (last week of March – first week of April).

Day 5: Kyoto Classic

Saihoji, Funaoka Onsen e Okitsu Club

Kyoto was the capital of Japan for over a millennium. Although the honor has now gone to Tokyo,Kyoto is still a city full of surprisesfor locals and newcomers alike. We recommend checking the following on day 5:

  • On the grounds is one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan.Templo Saiho-ji. Designed in 1339, these gardens are heart-shaped, creating a beautiful view and authentic ancient Japanese atmosphere.
  • For a true old-fashioned experience, we recommend a visit.Onsen von Funaoka– old saunas but very well preserved (indoor and outdoor), electric baths, outdoor stone baths, herbal baths…There are no limits to fun and relaxation here.For a complete experience, visit the Tahitchi restaurantnearby for a hot bowl of miso soup.
  • Okitsu Club KiotoIf you want to learn more about Japanese culture, don't hesitate to visitClub Okitsu.Through a comprehensive introduction to the roots of traditional Japanese culture, this organization will help you feel a part of the elegance and refinement that ancient Japanese traditions represented.

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Day 6: Last day in Kyoto

Mercado de Nishiki, Fushimi Inari e Nanzen-ji

  • Mercado Nishiki- Fresh seafood, traditional Japanese cooking techniques, low prices and great location (3 minutes walk from Shijo, Karasuma or Kawaramachi stations) - this is for sure the best place to taste local cuisine.
  • Fushimi Inari-Taisha– This magnificent sanctuary and the thousands of movie scenes dedicated to this special place make it a must-see for many world travelers.
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  • Nanzen-ji– This grand temple has played an important role in the last few centuries, it held the title of “First Temple on Earth”, it is part of the five great Zen temples of Kyoto and has been part of the Kyoto landscape since 1291. Consider it as something that everyone will appreciate for his fame and power.

Day 7: Day trip to Nara

Todai-ji, Nara-Koen-Park e Nara-Nationalmuseum

  • Probably the most famous temple in Naragoes with the nameHeutei-ji.There is the Daibutsu (the Big Buddha; 14.98 m tall; 500 tons in weight). Today, the temple still holds a significant number of national treasures and remains the treasure of traditional Buddhist rituals. For this reason, Japanese aborigines from across the country gather at this temple to pay homage to the gods and send their prayers.
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  • ANDParque Nara-KoenAbeautiful green space that combines history, nature, tranquility and wild deer. Don't be afraid of the animals because the only thing they are likely to want from you is some food; However, be aware that once you feed them, they might follow you!
  • Nara National Museum– a place where you will learn the difference between the two types of Buddhist statues and their history. The Nara National Museum also offers permanent and temporary exhibitions of sculpture, painting and calligraphy.

Day 8: Amazing Osaka

  • Osaka Lifestyle Museum– Housed in a ten-story building, this museum offers the experience of Osaka in the 1830s, a typical street with shops, pharmacies and old public baths. To make you feel like you are back in the Edo period, the museum lights reproduce themdaytime as the nocturnal atmosphere.
  • Osaka-jo (Osaka-Schloss)– The construction of this castle started in 1583 by General Toyotomi Hideyoshi.ANDHe built it with the aim of showing everyone his power.and employeesmore than 100,000 construction workers. The lush gardens feature teahouses, secondary citadels, impressive gates and over 600 cherry trees.
  • Osaka Kaiyukan Aquarium– One of the richest, largest and most impressive aquariums in the world.We strongly recommendVisitat least one time,especially when you have kids in tow.

Day 9: Last day in Osaka

  • Sky Umeda Building– Umeda Sky is one of the most iconic buildings in the city and has 40 floors, with two twin towers meeting in the middle. This magnificent building offers a 360 degree view of Osaka from aboveand it's especially beautiful at night.
  • Dotonbori– This is one of the most popular and important.Osaka tourist destinations. Dotonbori is a single street that represents an entire citywith its many small boutiques, typical stores and sights to offer everyone.

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  • Mercado Kuromon Ichiba– This is a huge market hall whose doors first opened in 1920. The market is just a 10-minute walk from Dotonbori, making it the perfect destination after a long walk. You can find everything from fresh/live seafood, fresh vegetables and meats to a great meal after a busy day.

Day 10: The Story of Hiroshima

  • Hiroshima-Friedensgedenkpark– This memorial park intends to show the world how peace can be achieved again even after much suffering. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is surrounded by expansive green spaces and crystal clear waters; The area is very quiet and theatomic bomb dome- the landmark of the city of peace - impresses, a strong combination that makes you want to come back.
  • Schloss Hiroshima– The castle can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. To get there you have to take a short walk up the hill and up the stairs that will take you to the beautiful view of Hiroshima Castle, a place that will take you back to the time of the samurai.
  • Templo Mitaki-deraThis is one of the fewstill hiddenCity Jewels The Templenamedafter the three waterfalls on its premises.This is a place of calm and serenity, filled with the beauty of nature.

Day 11: Miyajima day trip

  • Miyajima, the shrine island. One of the most beautiful and popular tourist destinations in Japan. Located just a ferry ride from the coast of Hiroshima (and accessible with your Japan Rail Pass), this picturesque island offers spectacular views early in the morning and throughout the day and late at night.
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  • Itsukushima Shrine– This floating shrine will take your breath away during your visit. The centerpiece of this Japanese art is the torii gate, which appears to float on bright blue water. A single boat ride will make you feel like time has stopped and will show you the beauty and elegance of Japanese architecture.
  • Parque Momijidani– Take a walk and spend a few hours in this green paradise. If youcTo avoid the crowds, don't follow the road that leads straight to Mount Misen, but look out for signs that point to the smaller trail. You will soon find yourself in beautiful forests made up of thousands of giant trees that provide shelter on rainy days and a cool breeze in hot summer.

Day 12: Incredible Fukuoka

As it is not listed on all TripAdvisor listings for Japan,Fukuokais a largely undiscovered gem thatmakes a great final destination for your trip. Its highlights include:

  • ohori park– Once a moat, this park has the design of a large water garden around a beautiful lake.
  • Fukuoka Castle Ruins– The area is also known as Maizuru Park, and includes the ruins of a massive 17th-century castle.
  • Gokoku Shrine- Located near Fukuoka Castle, Gokoku Shrine is the center of modern life in Fukuoka. Always full of Japanese rituals, festivals and celebrations, this beautiful shrine will amaze you at any time of the year.

Day 13: Last day in Fukuoka

  • Tochoji weather– one of the oldest temples in Japan housing a 30-tonne Buddha and many rare items collected over the years.
  • Kawabata Shotengai– This is one of the oldest streets in the city. Now a commercial attraction, walking down this street will make you feel like you've stepped back in time.
  • Torre de Fukuoka– Our classic recommendation for the last stop on your visit: an illuminated view from above of Fukuoka City. In Japan, it has become very popular to meet for a date in such high-ceilinged rooms, which is why this particular tower has an area called the Sanctuary of Lovers. Couples can carve their names/initials into lockets here.
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Day 14: Return to Tokyo

Finally, on the last day, we suggest that you just sit back and relax in yourfast trainSit in Tokyo airports and on your journey back home.

To use
: Don't forget that you can use Narita Express for free with your Japan Rail Pass. Be sure to reserve your seats before boarding.

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For more information on other possible travel destinations such as Nikko, Kamakura, Takayama, Kanazawa, Hakone or Mount Fuji, check out our other articles:

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Is 14 days in Japan enough? ›

There are so many fascinating aspects of Japanese culture. For this reason, this is a country you'll want to explore as much as possible when you visit. Although two weeks in Japan isn't nearly enough time to discover the whole country, it's a great start.

How much is a 14-day Japanese rail pass? ›

If you purchase a JAPAN RAIL PASS online or at a ticket office in Japan
7-day44,810 YEN33,610 YEN
14-day72,310 YEN52,960 YEN
21-day91,670 YEN66,200 YEN

How to see Japan in 14 days? ›

The Perfect 14-Day Japan Travel Itinerary for First Timers
  1. Day 1-2: Tokyo. Getting from the Airport to Tokyo. ...
  2. Day 3: Matsumoto. Best Things to do in Matsumoto. ...
  3. Day 4-5: Yudanaka. Best Things to Do in Yudanaka. ...
  4. Day 6: Kanazawa. ...
  5. Day 7-9: Kyoto. ...
  6. Day 10-11: Hiroshima and Miyajima. ...
  7. Day 12-13: Osaka. ...
  8. Day 14: Tokyo.
Jan 30, 2023

How much money do I need for 2 weeks in Japan? ›

The estimated total cost for 2 weeks in Japan is ¥790,000 ($5450) for 2 people. This works out to ¥28,300 ($195) per person per day, and it includes flights, accommodation, transportation, food, activities, souvenirs, and other small expenses.

Is 2 weeks in Japan too long? ›

Two weeks is the perfect amount of time for your first trip to Japan. You'll be able to explore this wonderful country from the mountains to the sea, wandering through chaotic neon-lined streets and serene Zen temples, soaking in onsens and filling yourself with more ramen and sushi than you ever thought possible.

How much money is enough for a trip to Japan? ›

Sample daily budgets
Single TravelerTwo Travelers
Low Budget3,500 - 7,800 yen7,000 - 15,600 yen
Medium Budget8,800 - 18,500 yen13,600 - 28,000 yen
High Budgetover 18,500 yenover 28,000 yen
Dec 3, 2022

Does Japan Rail Pass include subway? ›

Can I ride all trains, buses and ferries? The JR Pass does not allow you to ride on subways or trams within cities. However, most big cities have a few JR lines that you can use to go around, like the Osaka Loop or Kanjo line and the Tokyo Yamanote line, for example.

Does Japan Rail Pass cover Tokyo subway? ›

The Japan Rail Pass and JR Tokyo Wide Pass are valid only on JR trains and the Tokyo Monorail. They cannot be used on subways or any other non-JR train.

Can I go to Okinawa with JR Pass? ›

The JR Pass does not include travel to Okinawa. I recommend using a flight to get there, or take the ferry from Kagoshima.

Should I go to Osaka or Kyoto first? ›

Re: Where should i go first, Kyoto or Osaka? I'd stay the majority of time in Kyoto as it offers a lot more. For the first night, while you can get to Kyoto, not a lot of places stay open late and they are mainly fast-food type places. So you may want to stay in Osaka and travel to Kyoto the following morning.

Is Sapporo worth a visit? ›

Sapporo first garnered international attention when it became the first city in Asia to host the Winter Olympics in 1972. Today, it's one of Japan's most popular tourist destinations – famous for its miso ramen, Sapporo beer, and playing host to the Sapporo Snow Festival which draws in over 2 million tourists annually.

What is the best month to go to Japan? ›

The best time to visit Japan is during spring (March to May) and fall (September to November). This is when Japan is at its most vibrant, with delicate cherry blossom or bright red leaves adding contrast to the scenery.

Is 2000 dollars enough for 2 weeks in Japan? ›

Plan to spend around US$350-US$1,500 per person per day on your trip to Japan. A 2-week vacation to Japan costs around US$5,000 per person. A 10-day vacation to Japan costs around US$3,500 per person.

Is 1000 dollars enough for a week in Japan? ›

$1000 should be sufficient, but you must be strict with yourself. $50 a day just about creeps overbudget. I think you should set yourself about $30 a day and maybe sometimes jump up to $50/60 if you wanna try something. Don't worry too much.

What time of year is cheapest to fly to Japan? ›

High season is considered to be November and December. The cheapest month to fly to Japan is March.

Should you stay in Osaka or Kyoto? ›

If you can't get enough of big showy temples and shrines and want somewhere with a sense of history, staying in Kyoto is absolutely your best bet. But, if you love to wander and just absorb the feeling of different areas, I think Osaka fits the bill more than Kyoto.

How many cities to visit in Japan in 2 weeks? ›

With two weeks on your hands, you will be able to visit the two most important and distinct cities of Japan – Tokyo, and Kyoto, plus do some day trips from these two big cities to Nikko and Nara, or even Osaka if you want some more big city time.

What is the best way to explore Japan? ›

Trains are the most popular way for travelers to explore Japan, and arguably the best. They are fast, efficient, and extremely reliable, and though they are not the cheapest form of transport available, they can get you just about anywhere in the country with minimal stress.

How much money do I need for food in Japan? ›

It is not necessary to starve yourself to save money when traveling in Japan, as it is easy to find a wide selection of cheap, quality meals throughout the country. The extremely budget-conscious could thrive on as little as 1500 to 2000 yen per day on food without sacrificing much variety or their health.

Can I use credit cards in Japan? ›

Credit, debit and prepaid cards of international brands are generally accepted throughout the country. There will be instances where stores may not display the symbols of the cards they accept, so ask the salesperson if you can use your card.

How much money should I bring to Japan for a week? ›

The average price of a 7-day trip to Japan is $1,659 for a solo traveler, $2,690 for a couple, and $1,913 for a family of 4. Japan hotels range from $62 to $304 per night with an average of $105, while most vacation rentals will cost $140 to $520 per night for the entire home.

Does Japan Rail Pass cover Hokkaido? ›

The rail pass allows the unlimited rides on all JR Hokkaido Lines (except Hokkaido Shinkansen) within validity period.

Does Japan Rail Pass include Narita Airport? ›

Yes. The JR Pass is valid on the JR lines that connects the main airports to the main cities. If you land in Narita Airport, you can take the Narita Express to connect to Tokyo, Shinagawa, Shinjuku and Ikebukuro stations.

Which is better suica or JR Pass? ›

No visitor to Tokyo should be without a Suica card and no visitor to Japan should be without a JR Pass. The Suica card is convenient for intercity trains and buses while the JR Pass saves you time and money when traveling through the country.

Does Japan Rail Pass cover Kyoto subway? ›

Numerous trains in and around Kyoto can be accessed using your Japan Rail Pass. Kyoto Station is the central city's transportation hub for Japan Railways and other private services, as well as shopping centers. From here, you can access the Shinkansen bullet train to Osaka, Tokyo, and many other destinations.

Where does Japan Rail Pass take you? ›

With your pass, you can take unlimited rides on most shinkansen (bullet trains), as well as on rapid, express and local JR trains. Outside urban centers such as Tokyo and Osaka, the pass is best used to cover distance, as it does not include municipal subways and private suburban lines.

What lines are not covered with JR Pass? ›

Which lines does NOT the JRPASS cover?
  • Subways, metros and underground are run by municipal and the JRPASS does not cover them.
  • Train lines, stations do not have JR logo, the JRPASS basically does not cover.
  • Although there are the same station name, JR and non JR companies have their own stations.

Does JR Pass cover Osaka Loop Line? ›

Fares on the JR Osaka loop line range between 120 – 260 yen per ride, depending on the distance travelled. The Japan Rail Pass covers the JR Osaka loop line, and makes for a great way to explore Osaka with.

Can I use JR Pass from Tokyo to Mt Fuji? ›

Tickets and fares

If you have a Japan Rail Pass you can ride a part of the Fuji Excursion (Shinjuku – Otsuki) without needing an additional ticket. This means that JR Pass holders need to buy a ticket for the 'Otsuki – Mount Fuji / Fujikyu Highland / Kawaguchiko' section of the journey: Otsuki – Kawaguchiko: 1140 yen.

Can I use JR Pass from Tokyo to Hiroshima? ›

You can use your JR Pass to take the Tokaido Shinkansen line's Hikari bullet train from Tokyo Station to Shin-Osaka Station, Shin-Kobe Station or Himeji Station. Once in one of these stations, you can transfer to the Sanyo Shinkansen (Sakura train) and arrive in Hiroshima at Hiroshima Station.

Which is better Kyoto or Tokyo? ›

Kyoto is more relaxing. Tokyo is about 30% more expensive than Kyoto for travelers. If you prefer big cities, modern technology, nightlife and a huge selection of restaurants, Tokyo is for you. If you're after temples, shrines, garden, geisha and hiking, Kyoto is for you.

What month is cherry blossom in Osaka? ›

The cherries usually bloom in Osaka in the last week of March and the first week of April. Thus, you have to be pretty lucky to catch them during a short trip to Japan.

Is it cheaper to stay in Kyoto or Tokyo? ›

Tokyo has plenty of cheap spots, often clustered into districts like Omoide Yokochō in Shinjuku, but you'll generally find Kyoto a little cheaper overall.

How much is bullet train from Tokyo to Sapporo? ›

Take the JR Tohoku/Hokkaido Shinkansen from Tokyo to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto (4 hours) and transfer to the Hokuto limited express to Sapporo (3.5 hours). The entire one way trip costs around 29,000 yen and takes around eight hours. It is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass and JR East South Hokkaido Rail Pass.

Is Sapporo walkable? ›

The main attractions in the center of Sapporo are within a walkable distance of one another. Susukino Station is located at a distance of approximately 1.5 km, about a 20 minute walk, from JR Sapporo Station. We recommend walking along Sapporo Ekimae-dori street to enjoy a view of the cityscape.

Can I use JR pass from Tokyo to Sapporo? ›

Travel to Sapporo by train is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass. This is an affordable option with the added bonus of views of much of the Japanese countryside.

What month is rainy in Japan? ›

When is the rainy season in Japan? In most Japanese regions (including Tokyo), the rainy season runs from the beginning of June to mid-July.

Which month is typhoon season in Japan? ›

The typhoon season in the Pacific usually begins with less severe storms in April and does not end until November. The most severe typhoons usually occur in August and September. The most severe typhoon to make landfall in Japan in the past 12 months was »Nanmadol«.

Which month is cherry blossom in Japan? ›

Cherry blossom season in Japan is generally said to be late March to April, but given the geographical scope of the country, the blooming period actually covers around 4 months!

Do I need cash in Japan? ›

Cash is still a favored method, although the COVID-19 pandemic has boosted the use of digital and contactless payments. Most major credit cards are accepted for purchases in larger stores and restaurants. However, be aware that shrines and other locations in rural areas might only take cash.

How far does the dollar go in Japan? ›

Yen to Dollar

As it currently stands, 1 USD equals just about 109 JPY (Japanese Yen). These figures can change, so it is a good idea to frequently visit a currency exchange website to know how far your dollar will go in Japan.

Is public transport expensive in Japan? ›

The cost of transportation in Japan is one of the few areas where prices can be high. Visitors typically spend between 2,000 and 8,000 yen (the Japanese currency) per week on public transportation such as local trains or buses.

How long should my first trip to Japan be? ›

Ten days is enough for a first timer, but you could easily stretch this itinerary to two weeks in Japan if you have a few extra days, or skip one or two places if you only have a week there. Mad, mind-boggling, and futuristic are all words that come to mind when I think of our 10-day trip to Japan.

How much money does the average person have in Japan? ›

So, considering all of these elements, an employee in Japan earns an average monthly salary of approximately 515,000 Japanese Yen (JPY). That's about 4,467 US Dollars (USD).
CityAverage Salary/ Month
Hiroshima476,000 JPY (4,131 USD)
Okinawa390,000 JPY (3,385 USD)
8 more rows
Feb 10, 2022

How much does a trip to Japan cost for 2 weeks USD? ›

The estimated total cost for 2 weeks in Japan is ¥790,000 ($5450) for 2 people. This works out to ¥28,300 ($195) per person per day, and it includes flights, accommodation, transportation, food, activities, souvenirs, and other small expenses.

Is it better to go to Osaka or Tokyo? ›

Osaka vs Tokyo: The Bottom Line

If you want to be at the heart of everything, Tokyo can be your best bet. But, if you want to enjoy a lower cost of living and friendlier neighbors, Osaka can be the better choice. Both cities have something unique to offer, and living in either city can be a fantastic experience.

Is it faster to fly to Japan from East or West? ›

Total Travel Time

From the United States, flying to Japan takes approximately 14 hours from the east coast and 10 hours from the west coast. Every connection and layover adds to this time. For example, if you're traveling from Los Angeles to Tokyo, the direct flight of 10 hours is a breeze.

How long is long enough in Japan? ›

7 to 10 days are ideal for first time visitors to Japan. You wouldn't be able to see all around Japan, but it is possible to pick best highlights of the country.

Is 2 weeks enough in Tokyo? ›

Is two weeks in Japan enough? Two weeks is definitely enough time to see some of Japan's main highlights. In this two week Japan itinerary, you'll visit Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara and Kobe – it's the perfect amount of time when you're visiting Japan for the first time.

Is 12 days enough to visit Japan? ›

At the end of the day, 12 days in Japan is just enough to explore the tip of the iceberg. There were so many things we wanted to do but simply couldn't fit into the itinerary.

How many days can tourist stay in Japan? ›

You must have a valid passport and an onward/return ticket for tourist/business "visa free" stays of up to 90 days. Your passport must be valid for the entire time you are staying in Japan. You cannot work on a 90-day "visa free" entry.

What is the Golden Route Japan? ›

Our Golden Route Japan itinerary loosely follows the Tokaido Road, the most traveled route during the Edo Period connecting Kyoto to Tokyo. Today, this route is referred to as the "Golden Route" and is popular among visitors as it features famous sites along the route including Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka.

Where should I stay in Japan for the first time? ›

The best places to stay in Japan for first-timers are Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka because they are the most popular cities in Japan. If you have a long holiday in Japan, you can make your trip to Hiroshima, Hokkaido, Fukuoka, Okinawa, Hakone, and Kamakura.

Do you need a tour guide for Japan? ›

And you can't travel freely around Japan yet, you must take a fully packaged tour with fixed itineraries accompanied by a guide at all times during your trip, from your arrival to departure. It's also limited to people who haven't traveled outside of the 'blue' countries within 14 days prior to a visit to Japan.

How many days do you need in Kyoto? ›

At least two full days are needed to get a taste of Kyoto; however, the city is extremely rich in history and culture, and you could easily spend a week exploring Japan's ancient capital and not run out of first-class attractions to visit.

Do US citizens need a visa for Japan? ›

Currently, tourists with U.S. passports do not need visas for short-term visits (up to three months). Passengers who have been fully vaccinated and boosted with vaccines approved by the Japanese government and who are arriving in Japan after October 11, 2022, will not require a pre-travel COVID-19 test.

Is Japan open for US citizens? ›

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes, visa free tourism resumed October 11, 2022. The U.S. Embassy strongly urges any U.S. citizens considering travel to Japan to carefully review the information available from the Government of Japan.


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