JAPAN VIDEO RECAP + Our 10 Day ITINERARY

Zack and I put together a little video of our trip to Japan, and I’m so happy with how it turned out. The plan is to start doing this for all our trips – it’s a great way to do something creative together and a fun way to look back at the trip. I’m also sharing a breakdown of our daily itinerary as well.

10 DAY JAPAN ITINERARY


DAY 1 – TRAVEL DAY

TRAVEL DAY: Late morning flight from Los Angeles (LAX) to Tokyo (NRT).

TIP: Try to book a direct flight if possible (or with as few connections as possible) to ensure less travel time and more exploring! There are plenty of “great deals” on flights, but they have 3-4 connections and are 30+ hours. In my opinion, I’d prefer to spend a little more moeny for shorter travel time.

DAY 2 – TOKYO

AFTERNOON: Arrive in Tokyo
We took the Skyliner (purchased tickets at the airport) from Narita to Keisei-Ueno Station and from there had about a 5 minute walk to our Airbnb

EVENING:
Took the subway to Shibuya to check out Shibuya Crossing at night and explore before grabbing dinner nearby at Goryonsan.

DAY 3 – TOKYO

MORNING in Harajuku
• Fueled up on coffee at Reissue
• Brunch at Burnside Street Cafe
• Checked out the mirrored entrance of Tokyo Plaza
• Strolled down Takeshita-dōri.
• And of course, took some time to just wander around

AFTERNOON:
• Visited Shibuya Crossing again (to see it during the day)
• Grabbed lunch nearby at Genki Sushi
• Took a nice, long walk from Shibuya to the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower

EVENING:
• Visited the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower Observatory Deck
• Dinner at Ichiran Ramen
• Took the subway to Shinjuku, and headed to Golden Gai for drinks

DAY 4 – TOKYO + KYOTO

MORNING
• EARLY morning wake up call (3:00 AM to be exact) for sushi breakfast at Sushi Dai
• Explored Tsukiji Fish Market

AFTERNOON:
• Train from Tokyo to Kyoto (Shinkansen takes about 2.5 hours)

LATE AFTERNOON / EVENING:
• Arrived in Kyoto
• 10 minute walk to our Airbnb
• Walked to dinner at Gyozadokoro Takatsuji Sukemasa (YUM)

DAY 5 – KYOTO

MORNING:
• Walked to Fushimi Inari Shrine. We arrived around 8am to beat the crowds. Even earlier would be better, BUT the farther you walk down the path, the less crowded it becomes so keep that in mind!
• Breakfast at Vermillion Cafe
• Checked out Tofukuji Temple

AFTERNOON:
• Explored the Higashiyama District including the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Gion, the Hokan-ji Temple and pagoda, and the Yasui Konpira-gu shrine
• Late lunch at Ramen Muraji

LATE AFTERNOON / EVENING:
• Watched sunset in Gion (on Yasaka-dori street overlooking the Hokan-ji Temple and pagoda)

DAY 6 – KYOTO

MORNING:
• Took a taxi to the Bamboo Forest of Arashiyama
TIP: Highly recommend arriving no later thatn 7:30 AM!)
• Hopped in another taxi to the Kikaku-ji Temple (aka the “Golden Pavilion”)

AFTERNOON:
• Lunch at Hinode Udon
• Wandered along the Philosopher’s Path and checked out several temples and shrines including: Eikando Temple, Honen-in temple, and Ginkakuji (the “Silver Pavillion”)
• Took a long walk (about 3 miles) through Kyoto to the Nishiki Market (it was a great way to explore the city)

EVENING:
• Dinner at Gyozadokoro Takatsuji Sukemasa (again because it was so good)

DAY 7 – IWAKUNI

MORNING:
•Train from Kyoto to Shin-Iwakuni Station (total trip takes about 2 hours with 1 transfer)
NOTE: We kept our Kyoto airbnb so we could leave all our luggage and bring only a bookbag each to Iwakuni. Highly recommend.
• Grabbed a taxi into town (another option is to rent a car which I would actually recommend)
• Breakfast at imm coffee&roastery

LATE MORNING / EARLY AFTERNOON:
• Checked out the sights: Kintai Bridge, Kintakiyo Caste and Ropeway, grabbed some soft serve ice-cream, and explored the town

LATE AFTERNOON:
Early dinner at the Chicken Shack (we took a taxi but would recommend renting a car – more details on my Iwakuni Guide)

EVENING:
• Train to Maezora Station (near Miyajima Island)
• Checked into Airbnb for the night

DAY 8 – MIYAJIMA ISLAND + OSAKA

MORNING:
• Walked from our Airbnb to the JR Ferry for Miyajima Island
• Explored the island and saw the Itsukushima Shrine and many other temples and shrines on the island
• Took the ropeway up to Mount Misen Observatory

AFTERNOON:
• Lunch at Miyajima Brewery
• Walked down Omotesando Street and sampled tons of foods and checked out the shops.
• Headed back on the ferry then walked to the nearby train station to head to Osaka

EVENING:
• Quick (unplanned) stop in Osaka; checked out Dotonbori Street for dinner
• Train back tp Kyoto for the night to grab the rest of our luggage before heading back to Tokyo the next day

DAY 9 – TOKYO

MORNING:
• Early train from Kyoto to Tokyo
• Checked into our hotel, MOXY Tokyo Kinshicho
• Late morning in Asakusa to see the Sensoji Temple

AFTERNOON in Akihabara
• Visited several arcades
• Lunch at Yarou Ramen

EVENING:
• It was pretty rainy out so we spent the evening relaxing at the hotel

DAY 10 – TOKYO / TRAVEL DAY

MORNING:
• Quick breakfast at Alfred Tea

AFTERNOON:
• Skyliner to Narita Airport for flight home


For more details on all the sights and restaurants mentioned above, check out my detailed city and restaurant guides:

JAPAN: THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
TOKYO CITY GUIDE
KYOTO CITY GUIDE
IWAKUNI, MIYAJIMA ISLAND, OSAKA
TOKYO RESTAURANT GUIDE
KYOTO RESTAURANT GUIDE

– Courtney


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