Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Japan 2017: Our 11 Days Itinerary

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 3 – Visit Osaka’s tourists’ spots (part 2)
Day 4 – Universal Studios Japan
Day 5 – A Quick Kyoto and Nara visit (Overnight bus ride from Kyoto to Tokyo)
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.  

The famous Glico Man. 

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. 

Busy streets of Shinjuku, Tokyo. 

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 J


  1. It takes a lot of time in planning an itinerary but like you I also want to have an itinerary when visiting other places. It helps me maximize our time. Lucky you, game na game sa lakaran ang anak mo. :)

    1. Planning our itinerary took a lot of time. We have to do and re-do it para we wont miss anything.

  2. Wow! Napaka-strict ang galing nyo sa pagsunod ng itinerary! Ewan ako lang kung kaya namin 'yan! Pero that's really good kasi walang nasasayang na panahon, esp na travel visit lang 'to. So talagang dapat di sayangin time. lol.

    1. You can do it. You have to be very strict on schedule lang so you can maximize the visit. :)

  3. Wow, we're soul sisters in planning itineraries! I tend to include every single detail, from transportation time to the restaurants in the area, so we can maximise our time. I'll refer to this post again when our trip to Japan pushes through!

    1. This was the first time I did this type of itinerary. Nakakapagod and time consuming to prepare, but it was really worth it. Hindi kami naligaw. :D

  4. Japan is one of the places I would want to visit. But then the plan would always be moved as changes of plan are always the constant in our household. Nway, your Japan sharing is so inspiring. And I am happy for your little Neo to have experienced Japan. Such generous parents.

  5. I can just imagine all the fun you had! You were able to go to so many places there in Japan. :) A lot of people are traveling to Japan these. I'm sure they'll all appreciate your sharing your itinerary.

  6. Oh my! ang dami niyo napuntahan, kainggit! I love doing travel itineraries, been missing it actually. Since I got pregnant with my daughter, we haven't tried any out-of-the-country trip. Bookmarked this Japan trip :) Thank you for sharing! :)


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