A long week is the ideal time to get a first overview of Japanese culture, especially through three of its most beautiful cities: Tokyo the capital, Kyoto the former imperial capital and its neighbor Nara.
Day 1: Tokyo Tokyo
Day 2: Tokyo Tokyo
Day 3: Exit at Takeo Mountain
Day 4: Kyoto Kyoto
Day 5: Nara
Day 6: Nara
Day 7: Tokyo Tokyo
Day 8: Tokyo Tokyo
Day 9: Tokyo Tokyo
Arrival. Quiet day to walk around the Imperial Palace. A small part of the palace is open to the public, the visit does not take much time: It is ideal for a first day. On the way back, go by Shinbashi and dine in one of the many Izakaya, these popular breweries where the employees are found in the evening to eat and drink after work.
Visit of Asakusa and covered arcades full of small shops. Small boat ride on the Sumida River. Return by Ginza, his theaters and bars.
At 1 hour 20 by train from Tokyo, the Mount houses several Buddhist temples and Shinto's sanctuaries. A green step in the middle of the urban jungle. Return to Tokyo, dinner, karaoke and nightclub at Shinjuku.
Arrival at Kyoto. Visit of the castle of Nijo ?, the Golden Pavilion and the Silver, Imperial Palace and Sanjusangendo ?. Count a good day. Evening dinner in the beautiful traditional Gion neighborhood.
Departure early early in Kyoto for Nara. Visit of the old town and Todai-Ji in the afternoon. Dinner at night in one of the restaurants in the city center.
Visit of Nara National Museum and then in the wake (after a good hot coffee and typical Japanese treats taken on the thumb), devotion and collection at Kofuku-Ji Temple. Return to Kyoto by 5 p. m. train.
Visit the morning of the Kiyomizu-will temple, walking on the typical shopping streets of Kyoto. Visit of Fushimi-inari and its countless torii (shinto portals). Return to Tokyo in the evening.
Quiet day in Shibuya, Shinjuku or Akihabara, electronics district and cosplay (play play) to make a little shopping. Plan a kabuki show in Ginza in the evening.
Early morning visit of the fish market in Tsukiji then, on the extension, visit the Odaiba neighborhood for one last trip in the Tokyo of the twentieth century. Last shopping on the return to Ueno in the maze of covered streets.
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