7 DAY JAPAN ITINERARY – THE ULTIMATE GUIDE

7 DAY JAPAN ITINERARY – THE ULTIMATE GUIDE

Looking for the perfect 7 Day Japan Itinerary?! Well, you’ve come to the right place!

From the ancient temples and shrines of Kyoto to the modern cityscapes of Tokyo and Osaka, Japan is teeming with both old and new.

Whether you’re looking for a diverse range of amazing food, beautiful scenery, or unique cultural experiences, every region in this breathtaking country has something different to offer!

Japan is one of my absolute favorite countries to visit, and definitely the kind of place you could spend months exploring. But don’t worry – if you only have a short time frame to visit, seeing Japan in a week is totally possible!

In this 7 day Japan itinerary, you will find my recommendations for the best locations to visit, how to get around, where to stay, and what to expect!

Also, at the bottom of this Japan Travel Guide, I have included some useful information about tourist visas for Japan, the best time of year to visit, an interactive map of Japan and things to know before you go.

 

7 DAY JAPAN ITINERARY OVERVIEW

To get the most out of your 1 week in Japan, here is an overview of my recommended route to take:

Day 1: Tokyo to Kyoto

Day 2: Kyoto

Day 3: Kyoto to Nara

Day 4: Kyoto to Osaka

Day 5: Osaka

Day 6: Osaka to Hiroshima

Day 7: Hiroshima to Fuji to Tokyo

 

japan itinerary 32Bamboo Forest Kyoto – Japan Itinerary 7 Days

 

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HOW TO GET AROUND JAPAN

The easiest and most convenient way to discover Japan is with a 7 Day Japan Rail Pass that is valid for use on the vast majority of railways and local buses operated by JR (Japan Rail) throughout the country.

Choose between an Ordinary Pass, or choose the Green Class Pass if you’re looking to travel in more comfort with reclining seats, a footrest, extra leg space and a travel magazine.

The JR Pass includes the Shinkansen (bullet train), Limited Express, Local Trains, Monorail, JR Buses and the Miyajima Ferry.

The Japan Rail Pass is definitely the best ticket to have when planning your 7 day Japan itinerary!

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japan itinerary 59Shinkansen (Bullet Train) in Japan

 

How to buy and receive your JR Pass

You can purchase a JR Pass online through an official Japan Rail Pass reseller and I always use Klook.

I recommend buying your pass prior to arriving – not only is it cheaper online than to buy in Japan itself but it will allow you to jump right into your trip!

When you purchase your JR Pass, a voucher will be mailed to your home within a couple of days (or delivered to your hotel in Japan, if you choose!)

At the Travel Service Center, the process is very simple. You exchange this voucher and show your passport and visa. (Note: When you land in Japan, you’ll automatically get a tourist visa in your passport at immigration. For the majority of nationalities, the visa is free if you’re in Japan for less than 90 days.)

Then, after specifying the date you’d like your pass to start and reserving your seat for the first leg of the trip, you’ll receive your pass and are ready to begin your 7 days in Japan!

Check out my dedicated post on getting your JR Pass for more details.

Hot Tip: It’s good to get a Suica card too… for subway, private train lines, and non-JR city buses (especially in Kyoto).

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7 DAY JAPAN ITINERARY – DAY 1:

Tokyo to Kyoto

 

How to get from Tokyo to Kyoto

If you’re arriving to Narita Airport, I recommend getting the 1000¥ ($10 USD) bus direct from the airport to Tokyo Station. It only takes around 70 minutes, and offers great views as you approach and become engulfed by Tokyo city!

Once you get to Tokyo Station, follow the signs to the Marunouchi North Gate exit, and there you’ll find the JR East Travel Service Center.

This is where you will trade your JR pass voucher for your actual JR Rail Pass.

From there, head to the JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line within Tokyo Station. Look for screens that show the name and departure time of your shinkansen (this info is also on your reserved seat ticket), and you’ll be able to find the right platform and car number.

The trip to Kyoto takes about 3 hours on the bullet train, so if you leave in the early morning you can be there by around 11 am. If the weather is clear, you might even sneak a view of Fuji on the way down, so keep a lookout on the right-hand side of the train!

japan itinerary 39Tokyo City 

 

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BEST THINGS TO DO IN KYOTO

 

Kyoto National Museum

For your first stop in Kyoto, I recommend briefly checking out the Kyoto National Museum. With a wide range of exhibits showing off ancient Japanese culture and hosting many famous names in Japanese art, you’ll definitely be able to marvel at and learn something new about Kyoto’s rich history.

The entry price for adults is 500¥, and you can pay extra for exclusive seasonal exhibitions.

How to get there:

Kyoto City Bus 100 or 206 from Kyoto Station to Sanjusangendo-mae bus stop, or via a 10-minute walk from Shichijo Station on the Keihan line.

 

Kinkaku-ji Temple

Next on your Japan 7 days itinerary, I highly suggest paying a visit to Kinkaku-ji Temple in Kyoto’s northwest, where you’ll find the famous Golden Pavilion, located on a small lake in the middle of a serene garden.

The building dates back to 1397, and was once the holiday retreat villa for a prominent Japanese Shogun!

You can expect to spend about an hour exploring the temple and its surrounding gardens. Opening hours are from 9 am – 5 pm and the ticket price is 400¥.

How to get there:

Kyoto City Bus 205 from Kyoto Station to Kinkakuji-michi bus stop, or Kyoto City Bus 59 from Sanjo-Keihan to the Kinkakuji-mae stop, or taxi directly to Kinkaku-ji Temple.

japan itinerary 28Kinkaku-ji Temple – 7 Days In Japan Itinerary

 

Ryoan-ji Temple

Finally, from Kinkaku-ji temple it is a 20-minute walk or 5-minute bus ride to Ryoan-ji Temple – the site of Japan’s most famous rock garden, attracting hundreds of visitors every day.

Meditating with the view of this immaculately well-kept Cultural World Heritage site is a perfect way to end the first day of your 7 day Japan itinerary!

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JAPAN 7 DAY ITINERARY – DAY 2:

Kyoto

 

THINGS TO DO IN KYOTO – CONTINUED

 

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest 

Begin the second day of your 7 day itinerary Japan at the world-famous Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. A trip to Japan wouldn’t be complete without having visited Arashiyama!

Kyoto’s bamboo forest is one of the most photographed attractions in the city and experiencing it through your own eyes is even better than any picture you would have seen of this place!

There is one main path leading through the Kyoto bamboo grove and when you enter the parallel tunnel of bamboo trees, you’ll feel like you’ve just entered another realm.

You will also notice the temperature drop when you are wandering through Arashiyama Bamboo Grove as the canopy above almost completely cuts out the sun.

The nature that surrounds Arashiyama is absolutely breathtaking and chances are you’ll spot a few monkeys in the area too, so keep your eye peeled.

The Arashiyama Bamboo Forest entrance fee is 500¥ and the opening hours are Monday to Sunday from 5:30 am – 11:30 pm.

HOW TO GET THERE:

Find your way to Saga Arashiyama Station on the JR Sagano line using the JR Pass and it’s a short 10-minute walk from here.

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kyoto itinerary 3Arashiyama Bamboo Grove – 7 Day Japan Itinerary

 

Fushimi Inari

Next up on this 7 day Japan itinerary, journey through the world-famous Tori gates of Fushimi Inari.

This must-see shrine consists of a pathway lined with over 4000 Tori gates that extends 4 km up to the very top of Mount Inari. It takes two to three hours to walk to the top and back down, however you can turn back whenever you want!

Along the pathway, you will also see many stone foxes, symbolizing the messenger of Inari – the god of rice… and business!

The Fushimi Inari Shrine is free to enter and is open all day and night.

How to get there:

JR Nara Line from Kyoto railway station using the JR Pass, two stops to JR Inari station

japan itinerary 29Fushimi Inari Shrine – 7 Day Japan Itinerary

 

Maiko Theater

One of the most exclusive experiences in Kyoto is meeting a traditional Geisha performer. Geisha are highly skilled entertainers who appear at high-end dinners, private parties and special events to add a special touch to the proceedings, and are rarely seen in public.

Many foreigners tend to run around the red light district areas to try to get a glimpse of a Geisha girl or pay large sums to have a private performance. Luckily, for travelers on a budget, there are some cheap options to get a taste of what a Geisha show is like!

I personally recommend Maiko Theater. While training to become Geisha between the ages of 15 and 20, these girls are known as ‘Maiko’, and this theatre gives you the rare opportunity to get to see one of them close up! It is relatively inexpensive (3300¥ for their basic show, including a special dance and Q&A session), and you can take as many photos of (and with) her as you like!

How to get there:

Bus from Kyoto Station to Kawaramachi Gojo bus stop, then walk for 2 minutes, or 3 minutes walk east from Keihan Shimizu Gojo station (exit 4).

 

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japan itinerary 35Traditional Geisha girl in Kyoto

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Kiyomizu-dera

Next on this 7 days Japan itinerary, head to Kiyomizu-michi street and follow it uphill until you reach the popular Kiyomizu-dera (Water) Temple.

The walk leading up to the temple is almost as exciting as the temple visit itself, with a multitude of traditional buildings, shops and restaurants.

The temple is built into the side of the mountain, and from the huge verandah, you can see spectacular views of the hillside and the entire city.

Below the Kiyomizu-dera temple, you can find the reason why people make pilgrimages here from around Japan and the world – the Otowa Waterfall. The waters are divided into three streams, and visitors use long poles with cups attached to drink from the streams.

Each stream has a different meaning and benefit – long life and health, success in school/career, and love. However, you can only drink from one… so choose carefully!

japan itinerary 37Kiyomizu-dera Temple – 7 Days In Japan

japan itinerary 38View of Kyoto City from Kiyomizu-dera 

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Gion

From Kiyomizu-dera, you can meander down the iconic Sannen-zaka alleyway. This historical, stone-paved street is lined with many traditional Japanese buildings, shops, cafes and inns, and are also surrounded by several famous landmarks such as Yasaka Shrine, Maruyama Park, Yasaka-no-to Pagoda, and Kodaiji Zen Temple.

Once you reach the bottom of the hill, you’ve basically arrived at Gion, home to various red-light districts where you might be lucky enough to spot a Geisha! My favorite is Hanamikoji Street.

I recommend to time your arrival here for around 5:30 pm, as this is when the Geishas start leaving their homes to go to work (…and avoid the paparazzi of foreigners while doing so!)

Be careful though, you can be fined for taking photos of them, as it is considered highly disrespectful. Put the cameras down for this one, enjoy the chance to see one in the moment!

japan itinerary 31Sannen-zaka alleyway – Japan 7 Day Itinerary

japan itinerary 18Wandering the streets of Gion

 

Where to stay in Kyoto

There are thousands of accommodations in Kyoto, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to suit the needs of luxury travelers, budget backpackers and everyone in between. See the list of accommodations in Kyoto that I personally recommend:

 

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If you’re looking for an authentic experience to add to your Japan 7 day itinerary, I highly recommend staying at a traditional Ryokan (Japanese-style inn) during your stay.

My personal favorite is Kyoto Ryokan Kinoe which is conveniently located in central Kyoto just 5 minutes walk from Gion. This cozy Ryokan offers spacious tatami mat rooms, 24-hour baths and multi-course meals served for breakfast and dinner. Staying here will make you feel like you’re a traveler back in Edo-era Japan!

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7 DAY ITINERARY JAPAN – DAY 3:

Kyoto to Nara

 

A day trip to Nara is an absolute must on your 7 day Japan itinerary and it’s best visited during your stay in Kyoto.

Once an ancient capital of Japan, Nara is home to some of the country’s most important cultural places, including the world’s largest wooden structure and the well-known Nara Deer Park.

 

How to get from Kyoto to Nara:

Using your JR Pass, you can take the JR Nara line from Kyoto Station to JR Nara station. Local lines run about three times an hour, and the journey takes about 70 minutes.

 

BEST THINGS TO DO IN NARA

 

Todai-ji Temple

Todai-ji is the architectural highlight of this one day Nara trip. Housing the world’s largest Daibutsu (bronze Buddha statue), this Great Buddha Hall is the world’s largest wooden structure.

As you approach Todai-ji, you can see the famous Nara deer chilling freely around the temple grounds.

It’s 600¥ to enter, and you can pay extra to visit the attached museum too.

How to get there:

Bus from JR Nara station to Todai-ji Daibutsuden station, then a 5-10 minute walk to the main temple.

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japan itinerary 41Todai-ji Temple in Nara – 7 Days In Japan Itinerary

japan itinerary 43Bronze Buddha statue at Todai-ji Temple

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Nara Deer Park

From Todai-ji, it’s a short work to the Nara Deer Park. This place is full of the city’s iconic animal residents, and they aren’t afraid to say hello! You can even bow to them, and they will bow back!

You’ll see numerous street vendors selling senbei crackers that you can feed them. But beware, as soon as a deer sees you holding one in your hand, it won’t stop following until it gets its cracker!

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japan itinerary 42Nara Deer Park – Itinerary For Japan 7 Days

japan itinerary 22Deer chasing after my senbei crackers

japan itinerary 40Deer Park in Nara – Japan Itinerary

 

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7 DAY JAPAN ITINERARY – DAY 4:

Kyoto to Osaka

 

How to get from Kyoto to Osaka

The best way to get to Osaka station, using your JR Pass, is on the Special Rapid Service on the JR Kyoto Line.

The Special Rapid Train will get you to Osaka Station in 28 minutes. Trains depart from platforms 4 and 5 at Kyoto Station.

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BEST THINGS TO DO IN OSAKA

 

Amerika-mura (America Town)

For your first stop in Osaka, I seriously recommend spending time in Amerika-mura – an American-inspired district filled with vintage shops, record stores, and western foods with a Japanese twist.

The now-thriving neighborhood was once filled with empty warehouses and parking lots, but all changed in 1969 when a hip cafe opened, attracting young people and artists from around the region.

Nowadays, it’s still a vibrant hub, and has some of the most eccentric and punk fashion of anywhere in Japan!

japan itinerary 46Amerika-mura – 7 Day Japan Itinerary

 

Universal Studios

If you’re into theme parks, then put Universal Studios Japan (USJ) on your 7 days in Japan itinerary!

This huge park is Osaka’s equivalent of Tokyo Disneyland and offers a world of pop-culture, family-friendly rides and an ever-changing calendar of seasonal events. A 1-day studio pass ranges from 7,600¥ to 9,200¥ depending on the season.

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How to get there:

From Osaka Station, you can take a direct train and be there in just 12 minutes!

japan itinerary 63Universal Studios – Japan 7 Day Itinerary

 

7 DAYS ITINERARY IN JAPAN – DAY 5:

Osaka

 

THINGS TO DO IN OSAKA – CONTINUED

 

Osaka Castle

In the morning, I definitely recommend checking out Osaka Castle, one of Japan’s most recognized monuments. Built by General Hideyoshi Toyotomi in 1583 as a display of power after unifying Japan, the castle grounds cover around 15 acres! The surrounding park itself is also a famous spot for Hanami (Cherry Blossom) season.

It’s definitely a worthwhile visit on anyone’s 7 day Japan itinerary! You will get to learn about not only this amazing monument but the incredible history of the region too. 

Osaka Castle is open from 9 am to 5 pm every day and admission is 600¥.

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Dotonbori & Shinsaibashi

Located just a short 10 minutes walk away from B&S Eco Cube, Dotonbori is affectionately known as the “Kitchen of Japan”, or the heart and soul of Osaka – famous for its dining, entertainment and nightlife. A trip to Osaka is never complete without visiting Dotonbori!

The food options at Dotonbori are endless. Be it street snacks, fast meals or exquisite dining, there is always something to satisfy every palate.

Most of the restaurants open till wee hours, offering high-quality food that will never disappoint. Make sure to try Takoyaki (grilled octopus), the local specialty!

Shinsaibashi is the largest, oldest and busiest shopping district in Osaka. At its center of Shinsaibashi is Shinsaibashi-Suji, a covered shopping arcade located north of Dotonbori and is connected by Ebisu bridge under the Glico running man billboard.

japan itinerary 44Shinsaibashi Mall – Japan in a week

japan itinerary 45Dontonbori River – Itinerary For Japan 7 Days

japan itinerary 58Dontonbori in Osaka

japan itinerary 47Sightseeing boat in Dotonbori

 

Where to stay in Osaka

There are thousands of accommodations in Osaka to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to suit the needs of luxury travelers, budget backpackers and everyone in between. See the list of accommodations in Osaka that I personally recommend:

 

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7 DAY JAPAN ITINERARY – DAY 6:

Osaka to Hiroshima

 

On the second last day of your Japan itinerary, the adventure continues from Osaka to Hiroshima.

Sadly, Hiroshima is best known as the location of the world’s first nuclear bombing. Its most poignant sites are the Genbaku Atomic Dome, Hiroshima Peace Park and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

I believe visiting Hiroshima and learning about the history should be a core part of anyone’s 7 day trip to Japan.

 

How to get from Osaka to Hiroshima

To get to Hiroshima, you need to first go to Shin-Osaka Station where the bullet train platforms are located, which is a short 3-minute train ride from Osaka Station via the JR Tokaido-Sanyo line.

From Shin-Osaka, you can take a bullet train on the Sanyo Shinkansen Line from to Hiroshima Station, which takes 1 hour and 32 minutes on the Sakura, or 2 hours and 13 minutes on the Hikari.

 

THINGS TO DO IN HIROSHIMA

 

Atomic Bomb Dome

The Atomic Bomb Dome is an impressive and somber sight. Known before the bombing as the Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, it was one of the only buildings to survive the explosion and was preserved as a symbol of the bombing of Hiroshima.

Walking around this building can be a little bit eerie, and really makes you reflect on the destruction that war causes and how lucky we are to live in a mostly war-free world!

How to get there:

Tram from Hiroshima Station to Atomic Bomb Dome station, a flat rate of 180¥.

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japan itinerary 51Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima

 

Peace Park / Hiroshima Museum

If you cross the river from the Atomic Bomb Dome, you enter the beautiful Peace Park. The key site here is the Cenotaph, which frames the ‘eternal flame’ of Hiroshima.

It is said that this flame will be burning until all nuclear bombs are eradicated. Unfortunately, I think that this flame is going to be burning for a long time! The Atomic Bomb Dome, Peace Park, and Cenotaph are all free to visit.

For an entry price of 200¥, you can also visit the newly renovated Hiroshima Museum, which gives a very graphic and tragic historical account of the bombing and its lasting effects on Japan and the world.

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Miyajima Island

To finish off your day in Hiroshima, I recommend a visit down to Miyajima Island. Miyajima’s top attraction is the bright red shrine gate of Itsukushima-jinja, which is standing out in the sea, and appears to be floating at high tide.

This spot is ranked as one of the three best views in Japan, however, right now it’s not so flash – the gate itself is currently undergoing renovations until July 2020 but after that, you’ll get to enjoy it as per normal!

How to get there:

Trains depart from Hiroshima Station every 15 minutes for the 26-minute ride to Miyajimaguchi (JR Sanyo line), from where it is a 2-minute walk to the ferry bound for Miyajima.

You can ride on the JR Ferry for free with your JR Pass, it will take you 10 minutes to reach Miyajima.

japan itinerary 53Itsukushima-jinja – Japan Itinerary 7 Days

japan itinerary 55Miyajima Island – 7 Day Japan Itinerary

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Where to stay in Hiroshima

There are countless accommodations in Hiroshima to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to suit the needs of luxury travelers, budget backpackers and everyone in between. See the list of accommodations in Hiroshima that I personally recommend:

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JAPAN 7 DAY ITINERARY – DAY 7:

Hiroshima to Fuji to Tokyo

 

The last leg of this 7 day Japan itinerary is a little long, but definitely worth it for the chance to see Mt. Fuji at the end!

How to get from Hiroshima to Fuji

I highly advise you to wake up quite early on this last day! From Hiroshima Station, get on the Sakura Shinkansen to Shin-Kobe, and then transfer to the Hikari Shinkansen and ride it all the way to Shin-Yokohama. You will arrive at around 12:40 pm.

From Shin-Yokohama, there are still a few more trains to catch! First, you take the JR Yokohama Line Rapid until Hachioji, which takes around 40minutes. From there, take the JR Chuo Special Rapid Service for Takao, taking around 7 minutes. Then, a 43-minute ride on the JR Chuo line until Otsuki station, where you can ride the Fuji View Express.

Fortunately, up until here, you can use your JR Pass, but as the Fuji View Express is a private rail company, you can only get tickets or use your Suica.

If you have any luggage, I recommend storing it at a locker at Takao station, as this is where you will come back to in order to return to Tokyo. Locker prices are generally around 500-700¥ for a whole day, depending on if you are storing a backpack or suitcase.

Ride on the Fuji View Express until Shimoyoshida station. If all goes well, you should get in there by around 3:30 pm.

 

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Chureito Pagoda

From Shimoyoshida, you have a 20-minute walk up to the Chureito Pagoda.

The Chureito Pagoda, also called the Chastain Tower and officially named the Fujiyoshida Cenotaph Monument, is a shrine located in the Fuji Five Lakes region at Mount Fuji’s northern base.

Chureito Pagoda has five stories; it is situated on a mountainside overlooking Fuji Yoshida City, with Mount Fuji itself visible in the distance.

This is one of the absolute best locations to get a shot of Fuji if she’s not being shy and hiding behind the clouds! The locals say that the best time to visit for a full view is in the cold months of January and February, as that is when it is least cloudy.

The Chureito Pagoda is free to enter and it’s open 24 hours a day, so you can even stay to watch the sunset over this breathtaking mountain (depending on the time of year!)

I think it’s safe to say that Chureito Pagoda is an incredible sight to witness at the end of your 7 day Japan itinerary!

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How to get from Fuji to Tokyo

To get back to Tokyo, take the Fuji View Express back to Otsuki, then get on the local line bound for Takao. From there, you can pick up your bags, and get on a rapid service bound for Shinjuku, which takes around 40-50 minutes.

Alternatively, you can get a bus from Kawaguchiko station (4 stops from Shimoyoshida station on the Fuji View line) directly to Shinjuku. However, I recommend getting the most out of your last few hours with your JR Rail Pass, and take the trains!

 

WHERE TO STAY IN TOKYO

Tokyo has thousands of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Tokyo to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travelers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:

 

Luxury: Hilton Tokyo Hotel

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Mid Range: Hotel Wing International Shinjuku

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Budget: Ace Inn Shinjuku

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VISA FOR JAPAN

Japan is visa-free to travelers from over 65 countries and you can stay in Japan for up to 90 days on a tourist visa. 

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You don’t need to apply online for this as you will be granted a 90-day tourist visa at the airport when you arrive.

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT JAPAN

The best time to visit Japan depends on what you plan to do. I personally prefer the spring and summer months in Japan (April – September) when temperatures are warm and the landscapes are vividly green.

However, visiting Japan in winter (December – March) is absolutely magical because the landscapes are completely covered in glistening white snow. Visiting Japan in winter also means you have to opportunity to go skiing and snowboarding in Japan’s alpine regions.

 

7 DAY JAPAN ITINERARY – THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

The currency in Japan is Yen (¥) and the exchange rate is approximately $1 USD = 100 ¥.

Purchasing a sim card in Japan is very simple. You can do this at the airport on arrival or find a convenient store close to your accommodation. For approximately $40 USD, you can get a local sim card that comes with 10GB of data.

There are plenty of ATMs in Japan located in most convenient stores, in front of banks, inside hotels, etc. where you can easily withdraw cash to have with you during your 7 days in Japan.

I recommend purchasing a Hidden Money Belt to keep your cash out of sight, although the Japanese are the friendliest and most genuine people I have come across and the chances of being pick-pocketed are next to none. 

Most Japanese people can speak English, so if you are ever lost or need help with something you will be able to converse in English. Also, all the signs at the airports, train stations, shopping malls, etc. are written in both Japanese and English.

 

AIRBNB JAPAN

Another great option when searching for accommodation in Japan is to stay in an Airbnb which generally has some great deals throughout the country!

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FINAL THOUGHTS OF MY JAPAN ITINERARY 7 DAYS

After seven eventful days exploring Japan, this trip by far exceeded my expectations!

With many fun activities to do and attractions to see, Japan is well-worth adding to your bucket list. I guarantee you won’t regret it!

If you have any questions at all about this 7 Day Japan Itinerary, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

 

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LONELY PLANET – JAPAN

One of the best books to take on your trip is the Lonely Planet JapanTravel Guide!

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WHAT TO PACK FOR JAPAN

 

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Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables,  drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.

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Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.

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Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!

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Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.

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Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.

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Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.

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Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.

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Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions. 

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Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.

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Activated Charcoal Tablets: Want to avoid food poisoning? Most of us have been a victim of travelers diarrhea from eating street food. Organic Activated Charcoal Tablets are fast-acting and will rid your system of the bad bacteria that causes stomach upset.

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MY CAMERA GEAR

 

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Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included. 

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Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.

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GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!

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Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket. 

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Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!

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Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.

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GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!

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Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.

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External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.

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Jonny Melon
Jonny Melon

Hey, I’m Jonny – surfer, skater, photographer, and coffee-lover from Australia!

With an ever-growing passion for travel and the outdoors, I launched Jonny Melon Adventure Travel Blog in 2017, and I’ve been exploring the world ever since!

My little corner of the interwebs is a space where I love to share all of my epic adventures, cultural experiences, and captivating photos from around the globe with the ultimate goal to inspire and motivate other like-minded travelers to explore this wonderful earth too!

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