Japan Itinerary

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The first thing obviously before booking anything was figuring out what were the most important sights I felt I needed to see. I am pretty frugal so I wanted to find a way to see what I wanted without spending an insane amount of money. Originally, I thought we might just spend three days in Japan, but those three days were quickly increased to seven because I wanted to do more than just hang around Tokyo. I decided seeing Mt. Fuji, staying in a ryokan, and learning about the history of Japan were priorities. Personally, I was most interested in the history of Japan so I allotted for more days in Kyoto versus Tokyo. I also got a physical book, which was really nice because I had tons of information in one book rather than a million open internet browser tabs. I used colored tabs to mark my book pages for each city in Japan. I searched and searched for itineraries and researched the costs of guided tours as well as tried to figure out train schedules. I do not have it timed out but I think I have a least some what of  a plan and though I am sure things will change, here is my current itinerary for my trip to Japan.

Tokyo, Japan

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Day 1 (Day of Arrival)

CHUO Ward
  • Imperial Palace District [10 minutes from Tokyo Station]
    • Hibiya Park (near American Embassy)
    • Imperial Palace
    • National Diet Building
  • Ginza District [Yuraku-Cho Line Subway from Imperial Palace or Hibiya Line Subway from Hibiya or Yamanote Line JR]
MINATO Ward
  • Roppongi District
    • Tokyo Tower [along route of Hibiya Line]
    • Hardy Barracks

Day 2

CHUO Ward
  • Asakusa District [Yamanote Line JR To Ueno]
    • Tokyo National Museum (Open 9:30 AM-5:00 PM)
    • Ueno Zoo (Open 9:30 AM-5:00 PM)

Day 3

  • Check Out Of Hotel
  • Leave For Hakone (51.39 miles)

Hakone, Japan

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Day 1

  • Open Air Museum
  • Cherry Blossoms (Miyagino Hayakawa)
  • Pola Museum of Art
  • Hakone Glass Forest Venetian Glass Museum
  • Viewing Mt. Fuji
  • Latique Museum
  • Lake Ashi
  • Hakone Shrine
  • Owakudani Hot Springs

Day 2

  • Check Out Of Ryokan
  • Leave For Kyoto (233.22 miles)

Kyoto, Japan

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Day 1

  • Fushimi (Southern Ward)
    • Fushimi Inari Taisha
      [JR Nara Line- 68 Fukakusa Yabunouchichō, Fushimi-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 612-0882]
  • Higashiyama (Head North From Fushimi)
    • Kiyomizudera
      [294 Kiyomizu 1-chōme, Higashiyama-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 605-0862]
    • Tōfuku-ji
      [JR Nara Line- Japan, 〒605-0981 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Higashiyama-ku, 本町15丁目778]

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  • Gion District and Maruyama Park
    [Maruyamacho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-007]

Day 2

  • Shimogyo (Head South)
    • Yumeyayata Kimono Rental 11:00 AM
    • Tea Ceramony at Jinmatsuan OR Shosei-en Garden
    • Return Kimono
  • Nakagyo Ward (Head North)
    • Nijō-Jo Castle
      [541 Nijōjōchō, Nakagyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 604-8301]
  • Kamigyo (Head North)
    • Kyoto Imperial Palace
      [3 Kyōtogyoen, Kamigyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 602-0881]

Day 3

  • Ukyo (Head West From Nakagyo)
    • Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
      [Walk from Saga-Arashiyama train station on road to Okochi Sansoa- 12 Saganonomiyacho, Ukyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 616-8393]
  • Kita (Head North East From Bamboo Grove)
    • Kinkaku-ji
      [1 Kinkakujichō, Kita-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 603-8361]
  • Sakyo (Head East From Kita)
    • Jisho-ji/Ginkaku-ji
      [2 Ginkakujicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8402]
    • Philosopher’s Path
      [Tetsugaku-no-michi, Jōdoji Ishibashichō, Sakyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 606-8406]
    • Nanzen-ji Temple
      [Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8435]

Day 4

  • Check Out Of Hotel
  • Leave For Osaka (34.61 miles)

Osaka, Japan

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Day 1

  • Spa

Day 2

  • Check Out Of Hotel
  • Leave For Jinan, China

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