Discovering the Rich Tapestry of Japan: A 10-Day Journey

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Francesca Iannaccone

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  • Japan

  • Tokyo

  • Kyoto

  • Active Travel

  • Adventure Travel

  • Local Food

  • Local Culture

  • Nightlife

A downtown city area during nightime
Curator’s statement

Japan has always been a place talked about HEAVILY in my family. My cousins have spent extensive amounts of time there, as well as my mother, and I have heard incredible things and have been given some key recommendations on places you 'must see!', places that can be easily over-looked (but shouldn't) and places that can be too touristy and should be lower on your list. With that in mind, I have made this itinerary so you can pick and choose; go with what speaks to you, adjust the date ranges, or ask for different recommendations! I am here to chat and help, and book your bucket-list Japan travels....with Fora perks of course!

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Where to stay

Aman Tokyo

A serene stay high above the city, with Aman’s signature faultless service, ryokan-style rooms and a zen-like spa.

Fora Perks
  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Gora Kadan

A serene ryokan nestled in the scenic Hakone region of Japan, Gora Kadan offers an authentic Japanese hot spring experience amidst tranquil surroundings.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

Located along the banks of the Kamo River in Japan, this luxurious modern retreat inspired by a traditional Japanese ryokan has four restaurants and a tranquil spa.

Fora Perks
  • $100 food / beverage or spa credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

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Day 1-3: Tokyo - A Metropolis of Contrasts

houses and a street of Japan

Begin your journey in Tokyo, a city where tradition meets technology. Explore Asakusa's historic district with the iconic Senso-ji Temple and dive into the futuristic vibes of Akihabara. Unwind in Ueno Park and visit the Tokyo National Museum for insights into Japan's artistic heritage. Experience the neon-lit wonders of Shibuya Crossing and enjoy a sushi breakfast at Tsukiji Outer Market.

Hotel Suggestion: Aman Tokyo for a luxurious stay with panoramic city views.

Day 4-5: Hakone - Relaxation in Nature's Embrace

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Travel to Hakone, a hot spring haven nestled amidst stunning landscapes. Cruise Lake Ashi with views of Mt. Fuji, unwind in an onsen, and explore the Hakone Open-Air Museum. This tranquil interlude provides a perfect balance to the vibrant energy of Tokyo.

Hotel Suggestion: Gora Kadan, a ryokan with traditional charm and modern comforts.

Day 6-8: Kyoto - Timeless Elegance

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Head to Kyoto, a city steeped in history and cultural richness. Visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine, Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, and explore the historic Gion district. Discover the serene beauty of Kinkaku-ji and the Ryoan-ji Temple. Don traditional attire for a stroll through the picturesque streets.

Hotel Suggestion: The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto for a blend of luxury and Japanese aesthetics.

Day 9: Hiroshima - A City of Resilience

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Journey to Hiroshima, a city with a poignant history. Visit the Peace Memorial Park and Museum, offering a solemn reflection on the impact of nuclear warfare. Explore Hiroshima Castle and the Shukkeien Garden, finding beauty amidst resilience.

Hotel Suggestion: Kiro Hiroshima Hotel, for a modern and traditional Japanese feel.

Day 10: Miyajima Island - A Tranquil Farewell

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Conclude your journey with a day trip to Miyajima Island. Visit the iconic "floating" torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine and befriend the roaming deer. Explore Daisho-in Temple and savor local delicacies. Return to Hiroshima for a final evening reflecting on the diverse wonders of Japan.

Hotel Suggestion: Iwaso, a ryokan on Miyajima Island offering traditional elegance.

Need to Know

Looking for more travel inspiration? Check out my guide, Italy by Train Itinerary.

This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Japan.

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Travel Advisor

Francesca Iannaccone

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