Japan has always been one of the world’s top destinations and a trip to Japan is always a dream for any visitor. Do not surprise and “panic” when you see the itinerary of Japan travel self-sufficiency up to 10 days; because this is the ideal duration and enough for you to explore the country of cherry blossoms, the land of the rising sun. And if you plan to travel to Japan shorter, it is fine, you can still “cut” to suit your personal itinerary. So, what to do in Japan for 10 days (what to do in Japan in 10 days)? Let’s check it out our Japan itinerary 10 days blog on how to spend 10 days in Japan perfectly for the first-timers with the details of Japan suggested itinerary 10 days (Japan travel itinerary 10 days) below. And now? Let’s go with Living Nomads!

Cherry blossoms in Ryōan-ji Temple.
Cherry blossoms in Ryōan-ji Temple.
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Asakusha, tokyo
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Torri gate. Image by: 10 days in japan blog.
People bow outside of a shrine in Kyoto.
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Kyoto Imperial Palace in Cherry blossoms season.
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Rickshaw in Kyoto
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Asakusa Sensoji Temple, Tokyo
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Shibuya crossing
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Tokyo Summer Kimono

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Cherry blossoms at Kiyomizu-dera-Temple
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Cherry blossoms along Philosopher’s walk, Kyoto.
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Japanese Kaiseki cuisine
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Sushi, one of must eat in Japan
Geisha / Geiko Mamehana tea ceremony in Kyoto
Geisha / Geiko Mamehana tea ceremony in Kyoto.
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Matcha, a must drink in Japan.
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Boat riding on Hozu-gawa river, Kyoto.
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Gion District
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Osaka castle
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Geishas performing

Japan itinerary 10 days: Day 1 — Explore Tokyo

Arrival at Narita or Haneda airport in Tokyo

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Narita International Airport

Tokyo has two international airports: Haneda and Narita. To get to Tokyo city center, you can use Narita Express (if from Narita airport) or Tokyo Monorail (if from Haneda airport); or use public transport such as buses, taxis …

Narita Express
Narita Express
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Landing at Haneda airport
Tokyo Monorail connecting Haneda Airport and central Tokyo
Tokyo Monorail connecting Haneda Airport and central Tokyo

And … start exploring Tokyo!

Asakusa and Tokyo Skytree Tower

Sensoji Temple, Tokyo
Sensoji Temple, Tokyo

Let’s start the first day by visiting the ancient Sensoji Temple in Asakusa. Asakusa is known as the ancient capital of Tokyo, and Sensoji Temple is also the oldest temple of Tokyo, and is the most important temple in the beliefs of Buddhists in Japan. After that, you can cross the another bank of Sumida River to visit Tokyo Skytree Tower – where you can see the most beautiful sceneries of Tokyo city. On a beautiful day, you will even see the hidden shadow of Mount Fuji in the distance.

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Cherry Blossoms in bloom at Sensoji Temple, Tokyo
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Asakusha

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The idyllic streets also bring the Japanese charm in Asakusa.
The idyllic streets also bring the Japanese charm in Asakusa.
Trying to wear a traditional kimono and walking on the ancient streets of Asakusa would be an unforgettable experience.
Trying to wear a traditional kimono and walking on the ancient streets of Asakusa would be an unforgettable experience.

Senso-ji Temple

Address: 2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa, Taitō, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan
Hours: Main hall: 6:00 to 17:00 (from 6:30 from October to March). Temple grounds: Always open
Free admission

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Tokyo skytree. One of the best places to visit in Tokyo.

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Tokyo Skytree at night
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The observation desk
Tokyo city seens from Skytree tower.
Tokyo city seens from Skytree tower.
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Tokyo Skytree at dusk
Tokyo Skytree
Tokyo Skytree is the new icon of Tokyo city in particular, and of Japanese tourism in general.

Tokyo Skytree

Address: 1 Chome-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo 131-0045, Japan
Hours: 8AM–10PM. Mon-Sun 8AM–9PM
Prices: First observatory: 2060 yen / Second observatory: 1030 yen
Website: http://www.tokyo-skytree.jp/en/

“Bloom” in Harajuku và Shibuya district

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Takeshita Street, Harajuku

When “your foot hit the ground”, continue your Japan travel itinerary 10 days in Harajuku, where there are so many tourist attractions such as Meiji-Jingu Temple, Omotesando and Nezu Museum. But of course, Harajuku is known for its variety, excitement and vibrant life, where you can experience both traditional Japanese culture and the most crazy “fashion” style.

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Tokyo Plaza Omotesando Harajuku.
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Meiji Shrine

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Here you can be yourself, or try out the “weird” suits that you have never dare to try before, because Harajuku is the place where young people walk the streets in the most fashionable costumes you’ve ever seen. And importantly, no one laughs or looks at you with “not normal” eyes!

Experience uniquely Harajuku fashion

Experience uniquely Harajuku fashion
Experience uniquely Harajuku fashion
Experience uniquely Harajuku fashion
You should not skip the streets in Harajuku when traveling to Japan.

Cute Cube Harajuku

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Japanese Yukata at Harajuku

Cute Cube Harajuku

Pompompurin Cafe Harajuku
Pompompurin Cafe Harajuku

To end your first day, head to the most popular venue in Tokyo – Shibuya Crossing. Located in the heart of Tokyo city center, Shibuya is the place where is considered as the perfect place for you to truly feel the feeling of being part of Tokyo. Shibuya has lots of shopping malls, shops that are extremely popular with young people and have a wonderful nightlife. So, let’s have dinner and have a bloom night in Shibuya!

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Shibuya Crossing

Shibuya Crossing area

Urban bustle, people crossing a busy cross walk in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Urban bustle, people crossing a busy cross walk in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

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International Gallery Beams 3 Chome-25-15 Jingumae, Shibuya
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Beams Shibuya

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Dining at Ichiran ramen

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Shibuya boulevard

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Shibuya scramble crossing
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Shibuya crossing
The sleepless streets of Shibuya, Tokyo.
The sleepless streets of Shibuya, Tokyo.

10 days in Japan: Day 2 — Odaiba and Tokyo Tower

Let’s spend your second day in Tokyo to exploring one of the city’s most famous and modern districts and some of Tokyo’s feature attractions.

Odaiba

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Central Tokyo seen from Odaiba Bay

This riverside district has a list of check-in locations for you, from the Rainbow Bridge to the small version of the Statue of Liberty at Shiokaze park, or the giant ferris wheel of Palette Town.

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Rainbow Bridge and the small version of the Statue of Liberty.

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Visit the unique artificial bay of Japan and contemplate the giant Gundam robot here.
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Palette Town ferris wheel in Odaiba

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Odaiba is not too big, but not small enough for you to pack in one day; So you should only list the most wanted or outstanding destinations. Typically, you can visit the Oedo-Onsen Monogatari hot spring amusement park or interactive exhibits at the Mira Mira New Science Museum or the observatory of Fuji TV Building can be seen to see the wonderful scenery of Toyko.

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Fuji TV Building

Tokyo Tower

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Tokyo Tower at night.

Just a short subway ride from Odaiba, Tokyo Tower is one of Tokyo’s most iconic buildings. Built in 1958, Tokyo Tower is the tallest tower in the city when completed and 13 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower in Paris – the inspiration to create it.

Tokyo Tower is the tallest tower in the city when completed in 1958.
Tokyo Tower is the tallest tower in the city when completed in 1958.

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Fuji Mount in the distance

Take the elevator up to the top floor at an altitude of 250 meters, you will almost get the panoramic view of Tokyo from above. Particularly, for fans of One Piece manga series, surely enjoy the themed park located in the neighboring Foot Town building.

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Tokyo tower

Tokyo tower

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Tokyo tower at night

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Japan travel itinerary 10 days: Day 3 — Find a quiet and traditional Tokyo

On the third day, also the last day in Tokyo, before moving to other cities, you can spend this day to exploring a different side of Tokyo, besides the bustling, fast-paced and growing life.

Yanaka and Ueno

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Yanaka street. Cycling is very popular in Tokyo.

The relaxed atmosphere of Yanaka Prefecture with the slowly pace of life and tradition is a gift for anyone visiting here. Please take the time to walk in Yanaka Ginza street, for two things: the first you can walk and buy some souvenirs for your Japanese trip; and the second, this is the “mecca” of cats. Probably, cats have become the trademark of this street.

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Yanaka cats
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Yanaka, Old street of Tokyo
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Image by: 10 days in japan blog.
Gyokurinji Temple is also one of Yanaka's hidden treasures.
Gyokurinji Temple is also one of Yanaka’s hidden treasures.

Afterwards, take the subway to Ueno and visit the park and museum there. Ueno has Ueno Park and Zoo, Tokyo Art University, National Museum of Science and Nature, Western Art Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Theater, etc.

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Ueno Koen Park, Tokyo

Ueno Koen Park, Tokyo

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Ueno Zoo. Image by: 10 days in japan blog.
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Check-in at the gallery of the National Museum of Nature and Science

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Tokyo Imperial Palace and Roppongi District

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Tokyo Imperial Palace

Just a short walk from Tokyo Station, you will find Tokyo Imperial Palace, in the past was the Edo Castle. This is the residence of the Japanese Royal Family, a large campus surrounded by moats and large stone walls.

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Imperial Palace East Gardens
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Imperial Palace, in the past was Edo Castle.
Imperial Palace, in the past was Edo Castle.

Tokyo Imperial Palace

Address: 1-1 Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-8111, Japan
Phone: +81 3-3213-1111
Hours: Tue-Sat 9AM–5PM. Mon, Sun Closed
Website: http://sankan.kunaicho.go.jp/english/index.html

After a relaxing day and interesting sightseeing, you should go to Roppongi, located in Minato district to end a day in Tokyo. Roppongi is a popular night entertainment district for tourists, with many bars, restaurants and night clubs.

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Roppongi tokyo.3 Image by: 10 days in japan blog.
Image by: 10 days in japan blog.

Read more: Tokyo travel blog — The fullest Tokyo travel guide blog for a budget trip for the first time visiting Tokyo, Japan.

Japan suggested itinerary 10 days: Day 4: Visit Kamakura, Nikko, or Hakone during the day

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Hakone Ashino lake,Kanagawa Prefecture,Japan

A day trip to Tokyo’s suburbs is the ideal way to escape the bustle of Japan’s most highly developed industrial city and explore picturesque places nearby. And with this 10-day self-sufficiency Japanese travel itinerary (Japan travel itinerary 10 days), Living Nomads suggests that you go to Nikko, Kamakura or Hakone and the Mount Fuji area.

The road to Nikko Toshogu Shrine crosses the Daiya River, with its beautiful Shinkyo wooden bridge.
The road to Nikko Toshogu Shrine crosses the Daiya River, with its beautiful Shinkyo wooden bridge.
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Nikko Toshogu Shrine
An old street corner of Nikko.
An old street corner of Nikko. Image by: 10 days in japan blog.

Read more: Nikko blog — The fullest Nikko travel guide blog for a wonderful trip to Nikko, Japan.

For example, you can spend a full day or half a day in Hakone. Since there is not much time, you should prioritize visiting the destinations not to be missed. For example, Lake Ashi, where you can take in spectacular views but no less poetic of Mount Fuji and the surrounding nature.

Lake Ashi (Ashinoko Lake). One of the most beautiful lakes in Hakone, Japan.
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko Lake). One of the most beautiful lakes in Hakone, Japan.

Read more: Explore Lake Ashinoko — One of the most beautiful lakes in Hakone, Japan.

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Hakone Onsen
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Hakone town
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Hakone temple in the mist. Photo: japan suggested itinerary 10 days blog.

From Lake Ashi, you should take a sightseeing boat, and move to the nearby Hakone temple. If you are “more” than time, you can sit the cable car to explore the Hakone mountains. Hakone also has great museums, including Hakone Open Space Museum and Pola Museum.

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Hakone Onsen. Image by: 10 days in japan blog.
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Cruise on lake Ashi and torri gate of Hakone temple.
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Hakone national park

Read more: Mount Fuji day trip blog — How to spend one perfect day itinerary in Mt Fuji? and Mount Fuji places to visit — Top 10 most beautiful places to visit near MT Fuji.

What to do in Japan for 10 days? — Day 5: Takayama

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Takayama Old Town

Takayama is located in the central of Honshu (Japan’s main island), a short distance from the west of the Japanese Alps. You can take the Shinkansen bullet train on the line of JR Tokaido to Nagoya, and then transfer to Hida Wide View Express to reach Takayama.

Takayama is a "charming" city, especially in winter or early spring.
Takayama is a “charming” city, especially in winter or early spring.

It can be said that Takayama is a “charming” city that produces traditional handicraft products and sake. Let’s charge your full energy and prepare for a walking day exploring Takayama Old Town, local shops, markets and museums, especially the splendid Takayama Museum of History and Art in Takayama.

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Photo: japan suggested itinerary 10 days blog.
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Photo: japan suggested itinerary 10 days blog.

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Takayama in winter

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Takayama in spring
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takayama sake brewery
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Photo: japan suggested itinerary 10 days blog.

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Don’t forget to explore Sanmachi Suji district, heritage houses and Takayama Festival’s Floating Gallery and Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine.

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Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine
Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine
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Japan itinerary 10 days — Day 6: Kanazawa

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