Things to Experience in Japan :
Ways to reach Japan :
Day 01: Arrive in Osaka
Explore the Osaka Bay Area and shop in the Tempozan marketplace.
Day 02: Osaka Sightseeing
Travel to the Osaka Bay Area (can repeat). Visit Osaka Aquarium (Kaiyukan). Eat Lunch at Tempozan Marketplace (can repeat). Travel from Osaka Bay Area to the Kita District. Explore the Kita District. Travel to the Osaka Castle Area. Visit Osaka Castle. Dinner in Kita, Minami or Central Osaka.
Day 03: Osaka continue Minami District and Tennoji
Travel to Minami. Explore Minami. Noon: Dotonbori area and Lunch. Visit Hozenji Yokocho. Walk through Doguyasuji Arcade. Visit Den-Den Town. Eat dinner in Minami. Check out the evening views from the Abeno Harukas 300 observation decks in Tennoji.
Day 04: Kyoto and Southern Higashiyama
Visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Walk down Sannen-zaka and Ninen-zaka. Noon: Enter Shoren-in Temple and enjoy a cup of tea overlooking the garden. Get on the Tozai Subway Line at Higashiyama Station and get off at Kyoto Shiyakushomae (downtown). Eat lunch downtown and explore Nishiki Market and the food floor at nearby Daimaru Department Store. Take the Keihan Line to Fushimi-Inari Station and walk to nearby Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine. Dusk: Return to your hotel and relax and freshen up. (For Kyoto hotel recommendations, see the Kyoto Hotels page). Evening: Eat dinner downtown, then walk over to Shimbashi in Gion and keep your eyes peeled for geisha.
Day 05: Kyoto
Head west to Arashiyama. Enter Tenryu-ji Temple. Leave Tenryu-ji Temple by the north gate and explore the Bamboo Forest for about half an hour. Leave the Bamboo Forest and enter Okochi-Sanso Villa. Leave Okochi-Sanso Villa and return to central Arashiyama. Eat a simple lunch of noodles or rice in one of the shokudo (simple eateries) on the main strip. Take a taxi over to Kinkaku-ji Temple, the famed “Golden Pavilion” in Northwest Kyoto. Explore Kinkaku-ji Temple. Take a taxi down to Daitoku-ji Temple and enjoy the peace and quiet of a small sub temple there. Consider Koto-in Temple. Take the Karasuma Subway Line to Shijo Station and enjoy a bit of shopping or café life. Eat dinner downtown and then take an evening stroll on Pontocho Alley or on Kiyamachi-dori south of Shijo-dori. Or go for a day trip to Nara. Explore Nara Park where deers roam free. 15m Bronze Buddha Statue. Bronze Lantern temple. Kofuku ji: one of the seven most powerful buddhist temples. Before leaving for Osaka, take a stroll through Nara-machi, Nara’s former merchant district. Check out Sarusawa-no-ike Pond,Koshi-no-Ie and the shops and galleries of the area.
Day 06: Kyoto to Tokyo
Visit modern/western Tokyo. Travel to Harajuku, using the JR Yamanote Line to Harajuku Station or the Chiyoda subway line to Meiji-Jingumae/Harajuku Station. Arrive in Harajuku and visit Meiji-jingu Shrine. Explore the shrine and then return to Harajuku Station then walk east on Omotesando. Continue east all the way to the superb Nezu Museum and do not forget to explore the sublime garden. Walk back to the intersection of Omotesando and Aoyama-dori and take the Ginza subway line west to Shibuya. Arrive in Shibuya and exit the station via the Hachiko exit and then cross the famous Shibuya Crossing. Explore the big department stores and boutiques of Shibuya. Eat lunch somewhere in Shibuya. Don’t forget that all the department stores in Shibuya have huge restaurant floors. Take the Yamanote Line one stop south from Shibuya to Ebisu Station, then switch to the Hibiya Line subway and take that two stops east to Roppongi. Arrive in Roppongi and walk west from Roppongi Station to the Roppongi Hills complex. Refuel with a cup of coffee there. Then, head up to the 52nd floor Tokyo City View observation deck of the Mori Tower to see the city. 6:00pm: Eat dinner in Roppongi. 8:00pm: If you still have any energy left, have a drink in one of Roppongi’s many bars.
Day 07: Eastern / historical Tokyo
Head up to Asakusa. The Ginza subway line is a good way to get there from many parts of Tokyo. Asakusa is the spiritual heart of Tokyo and a good place to start your day. Visit Senso-ji Temple and nearby Asakusa-jinja Shrine. Take the Ginza subway line three stops west to Ueno. Arrive in Ueno. Take the exit for Ueno-koen Park and walk north across the park to the superb Tokyo National Museum. After visiting the museum, walk south to Tosho-gu Shrine and then make your way back to the station. Take the JR Yamanote Line south to Tokyo Station. Eat lunch in or around Tokyo Station. See the Tokyo Station Area Places to Eat section for my recommendations. Check with the tourist information office in the basement of the Kitte Building to see what’s on at the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum or the Bridgestone Museum of Art. If neither look good, walk over to the Imperial Palace East Garden and take a stroll. Walk over to Ginza and do some late afternoon shopping. Return to your hotel for a nap and a shower. Eat dinner in an area like Shinjuku, Ginza, Marunouchi or someplace close to your hotel. See the relevant district pages for recommendations. If you’ve still got the energy, go out for a drink in a place like Roppongi, Shinjuku or Shibuya. See the relevant district pages for recommendations.
Day 08: Mount Fuji day trip from Tokyo
Take a Day trip to the iconic Mount Fuji and relive your childhood memories of watching anime whilst enjoying the views from up above.
Day 09: Tokyo to Delhi
Take a return trip from Tokyo to Delhi as per your flight schedule.