Our Japan 2017 trip was a very memorable one. We spent eleven (11) days in Japan, visited five (5) cities, had fun in four (4) different theme parks, and toured a lot. To be able to do it, we had a really jam-packed itinerary and tight schedule, but we were able to follow it all.
Our 11 days Japan itinerary looks something like this.
Day 1 – Arrival in KIX (Kansai International Airport in Osaka)
Day 2 – Visit Osaka’s tourists’ spots
Day 4 – Universal Studios Japan
Day 6 – Tour Tokyo by Train
Day 7 – Fuji Q Highlands
Day 8 – Tokyo DisneySea
Day 9 – Tokyo Disneyland
Day 10 – Tour Tokyo by Train (part 2)
Day 11 – Depart Japan via Haneda Airport (located in Tokyo)
We spent five (5) days in Kansai region, and visited three (3) cities – Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara. We toured the city of Osaka for two (2) days and visited quite a number of tourist attractions using the Osaka Amazing Pass. Another day was spent at Universal Studio Japan. We had a quick tour of Kyoto and a short visit of Nara in one day too.
After 5 days in Kansai, we took the overnight bus to Kanto region. We spent two (2) days touring the city of Tokyo. We also allotted a day each in having fun at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. We spent another day at the city of Fujiyoshida in Yamanasahi prefecture to see Mt. Fuji up close and indulge the little boy’s request to visit Thomas Land.
Our itinerary was very tight. We have a schedule printed in 30-minute intervals. This intervals includes the date, time, attractions we will visit, activities we will do, and subway lines we will ride. As Japan is very popular for being on time, we were able to schedule our tour and train rides as exactly on point as possible (thanks to Hyperdia).
Following this itinerary will make you maximize your Japan visit, but please do take note that our family traveled with two (2) adults (me and the hubby) and one 5-year old kid. Both the hubby and I love to walk, and are quite fit. Our little boy was also very game in walking with us, and keeping up with our pace.
I have to reiterate that this rigid and tiring itinerary is not for: big groups (as we tend to wait for one another) and groups with small children and elderly. But if you think this itinerary is for you, and you want to mirror it, do shoot me an email and I will send you a copy of our detailed itinerary to help you in your Japan visit 🙂
PS: This was originally published last April 2017 in my previous blog: Baby Neo’s Mama.