Are you in search of 5 days itinerary in Japan?
Japan is a country with deep and rich culture and in a snap, you’ll be overwhelmed on where to go. To help you, I am
sharing with you our DIY itinerary which is family-friendly and REALISTIC and yes, I capitalized that word because most of the time, travelers tend to overload their itinerary with so many places to visit in just few days, only to end their trip with disappointment because they failed to visit some targeted destination.
If you have kids to bring in your trip, I recommend to list down two to three destinations per day. Do not overbook because kids get tired quickly and will ask you to carry them all around, which is not helpful if you’re on the go.
If you had a run through in our blog, you already know that we visited Tokyo after arriving in Nagoya and these two places are very far from each other, (kung sa Pilipinas, parang Manila and Ilocos) Back then, we had no choice but to land on Nagoya first because it’s a promo fare that we got from JETSTAR and the only thing that we could do was to squeeze the things and activities in a very short span of time.
Just a reminder, don’t list too many places on your first day or the day that you arrive if it is on midnight or early morning because believe me, kids will surely throw tantrums if you wake them up in the middle of their good sleep, and you’ll never know if your flight will be delayed. 🙂
Note: I excluded the days of our arrival and departure.
TOKYO SKYTREE, TEAM UY
5 DAYS ITINERARY IN JAPAN
- DAY 1 IN TOKYO
- Visit Odaiba (shopping mall)
- Go to the top of Skytree and shop
- DAY 2 IN TOKYO
- Go to Asakusa Temple and shop again
- At night, witness the famous Shibuya Crossing and Hachiko Statue
- DAY 3 IN TOKYO
- At early morning, take a stroll inside the Meiji Palace Ground
- Go to the top of Tokyo Government Metropolitan Building
- exit Tokyo
- DAY 4 IN NAGOYA
- Visit the Toyota Museum
- Be amazed at Electricity Museum (this is an interesting place for kids)
- Explore Nagoya Science Museum
- At late afternoon, stroll along the streets of Sakae
- DAY 5 IN NAGOYA
- Spend the whole morning until afternoon at the Expo memorial park (shout out to all Ghibli fans)
- At night, visit Osu Kannon and Osu Shopping Street
- Oasis 21
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Awesome itinerary! I’d love to visit Japan, hopefully we’ll get there soon, thanks for the tips 🙂
You’re welcome. You surely must visit Japan, it will amaze you. 🙂
hello is tokyo narita near nagoya?
Tokyo is far from Nagoya. It will take 7 to 9 hours bus ride or 4 hrs bullet train ride.
Oh wow you fit so much in! Love your video:)
Thank you very much. 🙂
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When I visit Japan, it will be with kids, and I will fall back on this itinerary. Thanks for putting it together. Looks like a good mix for adults and kids alike
though i did not recognize the significance of the places u mentioned yet Japan is on my bucket list and i read and bookmark each article i come across written by genuine travelers
Hello, Team Uy! My wife and I love to travel, too. We’ve been doing so regularly in the past 3 years that we do not have a baby. However, after years of waiting, we were finally blessed with a baby boy this year. We did not want to give up on traveling so we were looking for family-friendly itineraries. You blog might just have those. Yup, Japan is in our plans. Love the tips, I once wrote an article on family travels and one of the tips that I included was to not overwhelm your schedule when you have kids with you.
wow that is nice. i hope you’ll visit japan soon or on 2020. 🙂
Japan is the first country about which we have been writing extensively and we still have a strong desire to go back! Such a fantastic country! Thanks for putting this article together, we have done most of them but not all, another reason to go back!
This looks like a great itinerary! Some friends and I are considering a trip to Japan in January. Is that a good time of year to go?
This is brilliant i was under the impression I needed a lot more days to Tokyo and another nearby place and you have given the best solutions to doing it and getting the most out of the trip. Thank you!
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Hi! I would like to know where/how did you purchase your tickets from Tokyo to Nagoya? Did you ride an overnight bus? Thank you! 🙂
Overnight bus po mam. Sa mismong shinjuku station, may mga bus po papunta sa nagoya na overnight ride.