2-Week Temple Tours in Japan: Top 3 Japanese Temple & Shrine Itineraries

Last Updated: March 01,2024

How to spend 2 weeks in Japan? In addition to enjoying a 2-week Japan Sakura tour in spring, a 2-week Japan family tour with kids in summer, a 2-week Japan Honeymoon Tour, or a 2-week Japan culinary tour at any season, you can also plan a 2-week Japan temple & shrine tour. Experience centuries-old temples, majestic castles, and picturesque landscapes, all while savoring the exquisite flavors of Japanese cuisine. With a perfect balance of city life, natural wonders, and immersive cultural encounters, our top 3 temple tours in Japan for 2 weeks promise an unforgettable odyssey through the Land of the Rising Sun. All itineraries here can be tailored for free!

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Option 1: 10 Days (Tokyo, Nikko, Mt.Fuji, Hakone, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Koyasan)

Option 2: 10 Days (Tokyo, Mt.Fuji, Hakone, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Takayama, Kanazawa)

Option 3: 13 Days (Tokyo, Mt.Fuji, Nagano, Takayama, Kanazawa, Kyoto)

Cost of a Temple Tour in Japan for 2 Weeks

Sensoji Temple

Option 1: Japan Nature and Temple Tour

Quick Access>>>10 Days Tokyo - Nikko - Mt. Fuji - Hakone - Osaka - Kyoto - Nara - Koyasan Tour

Is it 10 days enough to explore Japan's nature and temple? For seniors visiting Japan, considering their physical strength and energy, 10 days is an ideal choice to immerse in Japanese landscape and history. With our handpicked Japan 10 days itinerary, you'll roam Tokyo, Enjoy the picturesque Nikko, gaze up at Mt. Fuji, take a trip to Hakone, soak up the culture of Kyoto, explore the history of Nara, delve into the spirituality of Koyasan, and savor the unique flavor of Osaka.

Tea Ceremony Experience

Summary of Tour

Days 1-3: Tokyo (Sensoji Temple, Meiji Jinggu, Make Sushi, Odaiba Seaside Park, Zojoji Temple, Akihabara)

Day 4: Nikko (Tosho-gu, Rinnoji Temple, Kegon Falls, Lake Chuzenji)

Days 5-6: Mt. Fuji and Hakone (West Lake Village, Oshino Hakkai, Narusawa Hyoketsu Ice Cave, Arakurayama Sengen Shrine, Owaku-dani Valley, Lake Ashi, Hakone Sightseeing Cruise)

Day 7: Kyoto (Kiyomizu-dera, Nijo Castle, Kimono and Tea Ceremony Experience)

Day 8: Koyasan (Kongobu-ji Temple, Okunoin, Reihokan Museum)

Days 9-10: Osaka (Osaka Castle, Dotonbori)

Zojoji Temple

Detailed Itinerary to Japan for 10 Days

Day 1: Arrival in Japan

-Welcome to Japan! Upon arrival, our driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Day 2: Tokyo Heritage and Spirituality

-Meiji Jingu Shrine: Explore the historic Meiji Jingu Shrine, a symbol of power and spirituality.

-Tokyo Imperial Palace: Discover the majestic Tokyo Imperial Palace, once the site of Edo Castle.

-Senso-ji Temple: Immerse yourself in the rich history of Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple.

-Zojoji Temple: Experience the tranquility of this Buddhist temple with a view of the iconic Tokyo Tower in the backdrop.

Day 3: Tokyo Culinary and Pop Culture

-Tsukiji Fish Market: Dive into the world of fresh seafood and savor Japanese delicacies.

-Sushi Making Class: Learn the art of making sushi during a hands-on class in Shinjuku.

-Odaiba Marine Park: Experience the futuristic Odaiba Seaside Park with stunning views of Tokyo Bay.

-Shinjuku Golden Gai: Explore the vibrant nightlife district of Shinjuku with its eclectic bars.

-Akihabara: Immerse yourself in the heart of otaku culture and electronics at Akihabara. Explore the vibrant district known for its anime, manga, and gaming culture.

Day 4: Nikko Cultural Exploration

-Toshogu Shrine: Visit the beautiful Shinto shrine and memorial of Tokugawa Ieyasu.

-Kegon Falls: Marvel at the magnificent waterfall formed by lava flows.

-Rinnoji Temple: Explore the spiritual ambiance of Rinnoji Temple, an important center of Buddhist worship in Nikko.

-Chuzenji Lake: Gaze at its crystal-clear waters, and enjoy a stunning view of Mount Nantai.

Day 5: Mt. Fuji Scenic Adventure

-West Lake Village: Take in the tranquility of the surroundings and enjoy the unique experience this lakeside village has to offer.

-Oishi Park: Enjoy the picturesque setting with seasonal flowers and a view of Mount Fuji.

-Narusawa Hyoketsu Ice Cave: Venture into the ancient cave formed by Mt. Fuji's eruption.

-Arakurayama Sengen Park: Witness world-renowned views of Mount Fuji and a cherry blossom spectacle.

Day 6: Hakone Nature and Art

-Hakone Pirate Ship: Enjoy the Hakone Sightseeing Cruise across Lake Ashino for mesmerizing views of Mt. Fuji.

-Tozan Cable Car: Ascend to Owakudani Valley for breathtaking views.

-Owakudani Valley: Witness a smoking crater and the aroma of sulfur in this volcanic area.

-Venetian Glass Museum: Marvel at contemporary glass art and exquisite crystal objects.

Day 7: Kyoto Historic Landmarks

-Kiyomizu-dera: Explore the ancient temple with its UNESCO-listed Shimizu stage.

-Nijo Castle: Discover the historic castle showcasing feudal-era architecture.

-Kimono and Tea Ceremony Experience: Immerse yourself in Japanese traditions with a tea ceremony and kimono wearing.

Day 8: Koyasan Spiritual Journey

-Kongobu-ji Temple: Visit the Shingon Sect's headquarters with religious artifacts and a captivating rock garden.

-Okunoin: Wander through the forested approach to the resting place of Kobo Daishi.

-Reihokan Museum: Explore thousands of religious artworks, including a famed Buddha scroll.

-Danjo Garan: Delve into the historical significance of Koyasan Danjo Garan, founded in the 9th century.

-Daishi Kyokai: Engage in activities spreading Kobo Daishi's teachings and traditions.

-Tokugawa's Mausoleum: Explore the twin buildings enshrining Ieyasu and Hidetada Tokugawa.

Day 9: Osaka Modern Exploration

-Osaka Castle: Discover the historical castle symbolizing Toyotomi Hideyoshi's ambition.

-Donki Ferris Wheel: Enjoy panoramic views from the world's largest oval Ferris wheel.

-Dotonbori: Experience a culinary haven and neon-lit wonderland in this renowned district.

Day 10: Departure

-Enjoy your free time before your departure. Our driver will take you to the airport for your onward flight.

Toshogu Shrine

What to Expect from the 10-day Japan Nature and Temple Tour

-Discover the majestic Sensoji Temple and Meiji Jingu Shrine in Tokyo.

-Visit Tsukiji Market for fresh seafood and learn the art of sushi making.

-Learn about the tea ceremony and observe the tea-serving manner in Kyoto.

-Experience the sightseeing cable car and cruise in Hakone.

-Make friends with the lovely deers in Nara.

-Enjoy a break by Lake Chuzenji at the foot of a volcano.

-Experience the Shukubo accommodation (or temple lodging) in Koyasan.

-Explore the Narusawa Hyoketsu Ice Cave within the Fuji Five Lakes area.

Hakone Sightseeing Cruise

This Japan 10 days tour is an unmissable adventure that combines the beauty of tradition and modernity. This colorful journey of 10 days Japan itinerary will take you on an unforgettable exploration through Japan's natural landscapes, ancient temples, traditional culture, and modern prosperity.

Option 2: Walking Through Mountains Temples and Traditional Villages in Japan

Quick Access>>>10 Days Tokyo - Mt. Fuji - Hakone - Osaka - Kyoto - Nara - Takayama - Kanazawa Tour

Arakurayama Sengen Shrine

To explore Japanese culture and history in 2 weeks, in addition to diving into Nikko and Koyasan, you can also head to Takayama and Kanazawa. Embark on our captivating Japan itinerary 10 days through the cultural tapestry of Japan, seamlessly weaving together the dynamic energy of Tokyo, the iconic allure of Mount Fuji, the tranquil beauty of Hakone, the culinary delights of Osaka, the historical splendor of Kyoto, the endearing deer-filled landscapes of Nara, the charming streets of Takayama, and the cultural treasures of Kanazawa.

Matsumoto Castle

Summary of Tour

Days 1-2: Tokyo (Sensoji Temple, Sushi Experience, Tsukiji Market, Akihabara)

Day 3: Mt. Fuji (Kawaguchiko, Tenjozan Park, Oshino Hakkai, Arakurayama Sengen Shrine)

Day 4: Matsumoto and Takayama (Matsumoto Castle, Lake Suwa, Takayama Jinya, Sanmachi Suji)

Day 5: Shiragawa-go and Kanazawa (Shirakawa go, Kanazawa Castle, Kenrokuen)

Days 6-8: Kyoto and Nara (Togetsukyo Bridge, Tenryu-ji, Sagano Bamboo Forest, Kodaiji Temple, Yasaka Shrine, Japanese traditional culture performance, Fushimi Inari Taisha, Todai-ji Temple)

Days 9-10: Osaka (Kuromon Market, Osaka Castle Park, Osaka Museum of History, Umeda Sky Building)

Shirakawa-Go

10 Days in Japan Itinerary Details for Temple Walking Tour

Days 1-2: Tokyo Arrival and Essential Day Tour

-Arrive in Tokyo.

-Explore Tsukiji Fish Market and Akihabara.

-Take a walking tour in Asakusa, visiting Senso-ji Temple for a traditional Japanese experience.

-Enjoy a Sushi Making Experience in Shinjuku.

Day 3: Mt. Fuji Classic Day Tour

-Visit the spectacular Mt. Fuji from Lake Kawaguchiko

-Take a ride on Hakone Ropeway to enjoy the volcanic view of Owakudani

-Enjoy the scenic view of Lake Ashi, Tenjozan Park, Oshino Hakkai, and Sengen-jinja Shrine.

-Experience the Mt Fuji Onsen when staying overnight at a Fujikawaguchiko hotel.

Day 4: Matsumoto and Takayama Highlights Day Tour

-Explore Matsumoto Castle, Lake Suwa, Takayama Jinya, and Sanmachi Suji in Takayama.

Day 5: Kanazawa Culture Day Tour

-Visit the Shirakawa-go, a UNESCO world heritage site

-Discover Nagamachi Samurai, Kenrokuen, and Higashi Chaya District

-Experience Kanazawa's Geisha District.

Day 6: Transfer to Kyoto by Shinkansen and Arashiyama Highlights Tour

-Travel to Kyoto by Shinkansen.

-Explore Arashiyama, including Tenryuji Temple, Sagano Bamboo Forest, Togetsukyo Bridge, and Okochi-Sanso.

Day 7: Kyoto Essential Day Tour

-Immerse in the Japanese charms at Kodaiji, Nene no Michi, Yasaka Shrine, and Hanamikoji.

-Enjoy a Japanese traditional culture performance.

Day 8: Nara Culture Day Tour

-Visit Fushimi Inari Taisha, Nara Park, and Todaiji for more historical explorations.

-Experience mochi-making to learn about Japanese cultural traditions.

Days 9-10: Osaka Full-Day Highlights Tour Before Departure

-Discover Kuromon Ichiba Market, Osaka Castle Park, Osaka Museum of History, and Umeda Sky Building.

-Try various local foods at the lively Dotonbori.

-Private transfer service between Osaka and KIX airport for your departure.

Osaka Castle

What to Expect from 10 Days Japan Temple Walking Tour

Travelers following this Japan travel 10 days itinerary can achieve a rich and diverse experience of Japan, covering iconic cities and cultural gems. Here are some key achievements:

Cultural Immersion: Immerse in traditional and modern Japanese culture with visits to historic temples like Senso-ji and Kodaiji, exploring geisha districts, and participating in a sushi-making class.

Scenic Beauty: Witness the stunning beauty of Mount Fuji, the scenic landscapes around Lake Kawaguchiko, and the picturesque views from Arashiyama and Kanazawa.

Historical Exploration: Explore historical landmarks such as Matsumoto Castle, Takayama Jinya, and Kanazawa Castle, gaining insights into Japan's rich history and architectural heritage.

Natural Wonders: Experience the natural wonders of the Sagano Bamboo Forest, Oshino Hakkai's clear ponds fed by Mount Fuji's snowmelt, and the deer-filled Nara Park.

Culinary Delights: Indulge in Japanese cuisine with visits to Tsukiji Fish Market, and Kuromon Ichiba, and trying local specialties in Osaka. The sushi-making class and mocha-making add hands-on culinary experiences.

City Exploration: Tour major cities like Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto, exploring their unique districts, markets, and landmarks.

Diverse Activities: Engage in a variety of activities, from shopping in Akihabara and Dotonbori to enjoying the serene atmosphere of Japanese gardens in Kenrokuen and Tenryuji Temple.

Cultural Performances: Enjoy traditional Japanese cultural performances, including tea ceremonies, Kabuki Theater, and more, providing a glimpse into the country's artistic heritage.

Memorable Moments: Create lasting memories by witnessing iconic sights like the red torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine.

Transport Experience: Utilize Japan's efficient transportation system, including the Shinkansen (bullet train), offering a seamless travel experience.

Traditional Japanese Cultural Performance

From the bustling metropolis to serene temples, from the iconic Shinkansen rides to hands-on cultural encounters, this journey of Japan trip 10 days promises an immersive exploration, leaving indelible memories of Japan's diverse landscapes and timeless traditions.

Option 3: 13-Day Iconic Japan Tour

Quick Access>>>13 Days Tokyo - Mt. Fuji - Nagano - Takayama - Kanazawa - Kyoto Tour

Jigokudani Monkey Park

Many tourists may know the Hakone Japan hot springs as it is so famous in the world, but have you ever seen monkeys soaking in the hot springs? Our iconic tour of 13 day itinerary Japan across Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Nagano, Takayama, Kanazawa, and Kyoto will offer you an unbelievable travel experience in 13 days in Japan, as you will truly experience the Japanese temple culture in the pure temple, not the "tourist-spot temple", and witness wild monkeys bathing in a natural hot spring. Join our trip if you hope to enjoy a private tour with a private guide and private transfer.

Meiji Jingu

Summary of Tour

Days 1-3: Tokyo (Sensoji Temple, Meiji Jingu, Zojoji Temple, Akihabara, Asakusa Food Experience, Odaiba Marine Park)

Day 4: Mt. Fuji (West Lake Village, Oshino Hakkai, Narusawa Hyoketsu Ice Cave, Arakurayama Sengen Shrine)

Days 5-6: Nagano (Suwa Lake, Jigokudani Monkey Park, Zenko-ji Temple, Matsumoto Castle)

Days 7-8: Takayama and Kanazawa (Takayama Jinya, Sanmachi Suji, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa Castle, Kenrokuen, Higashi Chaya District)

Days 9-13: Kyoto (Kodaiji Temple, Yasaka Shrine, Hanamikoji Dori, Japanese traditional culture performance, Higashi Honganji Temple, Sanjusangendo, Nishiki Market, Kimono and Tea Ceremony Experience)

Higashi Honganji Temple

Detailed Itinerary of the Iconic Japan Tour in 13 Days

Day 1: Welcome to Japan:

-Enjoy a worry-free private car transfer to your hotel upon your arrival in Tokyo.

Day 2: Tokyo Full Day:

-Meiji Jingu Shrine: Tokyo's largest shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji.

-Harajuku & Omotesando: Fashion-forward districts with high-end shopping.

-Yoyogi Park: Tokyo's spacious park for relaxation.

-Senso-ji Temple: Tokyo's oldest and majestic Buddhist temple.

Day 3: Tokyo Full Day:

-Asakusa Food Experience: Explore more and indulge in local street food.

-Sumida River Cruise: Enjoy a scenic water bus ride from Asakusa to Odaiba.

-Odaiba Marine Park: A public park with views of the iconic bridge.

-Yurikamome Line: Automated transit service across the Rainbow Bridge.

Day 4: Mt.Fuji Classic Tour:

-West Lake Village: Thatched cottage village with Mt. Fuji views.

-Oshino Hakkai: Touristy set of eight ponds fed by Mt. Fuji's snow melt.

-Narusawa Hyoketsu Ice Cave: Cave formed by ancient volcanic activity.

-Arakurayama Sengen Park: World-famous spot for Mount Fuji views.

Day 5: Nagano Full Day Highlights:

-Suwa Lake: The largest lake in Nagano with various recreational activities.

-Jigokudani Monkey Park: Unique experience of seeing wild monkeys in a natural hot spring.

Day 6: Cultural Highlights:

-Zenko-ji Temple: Instrumental in Nagano's development, an important temple.

-Matsumoto Castle: Complete and beautiful castle on plains.

Day 7: Takayama Full Day Highlights:

-Sanmachi Suji: Quaint streets in Takayama's old town.

-Takayama Jinya: Former local government office, now a museum.

-Shirakawa-go: Mountain village with preserved nature and traditional buildings.

Day 8: Kanazawa Full Day Highlights:

-Kanazawa Castle: Historical castle in a city of great cultural achievements.

-Kenrokuen: One of Japan's three most beautiful landscape gardens.

-Higashi Chaya District: Traditional buildings blending with modern Kanazawa.

-Nagamachi Samurai: Area where samurai residences are preserved.

Day 9: Transfer to Kyoto:

-2 hours and 26 minutes Shinkansen transfer from Kanazawa to Kyoto.

Day 10: Kyoto Culture Highlights:

-Kodaiji Temple: Outstanding temple with richly decorated interiors in Higashiyama.

-Nene no Machi: Unique street retaining traditional Kyoto aesthetics.

-Yasaka Shrine: Known for the famous Gion Matsuri festival.

-Hanamikoji Dori: Best place to see geisha in Kyoto when taking an evening stroll.

-Traditional Culture Performance: Japanese traditional culture performance at Gion Kobu -Kaburenjo Theater to experience traditional Japanese arts.

Day 11: Kyoto Full-Day Classic Tour:

-Higashi Honganji Temple: An influential place in modern religious practices.

-Sanjusangendo: A temple with 1001 statues of Kannon.

-Nishiki Market: Kyoto's lively retail market and known as "Kyoto's Kitchen" for food specialties.

-Kimono and Tea Ceremony Experience: Immersive traditional experience to learn about tea ceremony history and etiquette.

Day 12: Free Day:

-Enjoy free time for personal exploration or relaxation.

Day 13: Transfer to KIX Airport:

-Enjoy private transfer service between Kyoto and KIX airport by private car with an English-speaking driver guide.

Nishiki Market

What Differentiates This 13-day Itinerary from the Other 2 Itineraries above?

In addition to the Cultural Immersion, Historical Exploration, Natural Beauty and Scenic Views: Local Cuisine and Food Experiences, Modern and Traditional Contrasts, and Historical Heritage like what are included in the first two itineraries, there are still some highlights in this 13-day itinerary worthy of your expectation:

-Unique Animal Encounters in Nagano: Observe and photograph wild Japanese Macaques (Snow Monkeys) bathing in a natural hot spring in Jigokudani Monkey Park, offering a unique wildlife experience.

-Cultural Highlights in Nagano: Admire the historically significant Zenko-ji Temple, instrumental in Nagano's development.

-Local Market Experience in Kyoto: Tour Nishiki Market in Kyoto for a taste of Kyoto's kitchen and seasonal delights.

-Temple Explorations in Kyoto: Explore Kyoto's most significant religious sites, including Higashi Honganji Temple and Sanjusangendo to fully immerse in Japanese temple history and culture.

-Local Transportation Experience in Tokyo: Enjoy a scenic cruise on the Sumida River in Tokyo and enjoy a ride on the New Transit Yurikamome, a driverless transit service linking Shimbashi to Toyosu via Odaiba, providing scenic views across the Rainbow Bridge.

This 13-day Japan itinerary provides a well-rounded experience, allowing travelers to appreciate the blend of Japan's ancient traditions and modern vibrancy while exploring its natural beauty and immersing in its culture and history.

Higashi Chaya District

Trip to Japan Cost

How much does a good trip to Japan cost? What is the average cost of 2 weeks in Japan? The typical cost of traveling to Japan for a private tour with 4-star hotels in Japan ranges from US$350 to $500 per person per day, based on a family of 3–5 people. This comprehensive Japan trip package includes a private guide, a dedicated car, a full-day itinerary, entrance tickets for attractions, all intercity transport within Japan, and carefully selected 4-star hotels.

Travel to Japan Cost

For a two-week experience in Japan, the total 2 week Japan trip cost typically amounts to approximately US$5,000 to $7,000 per person, excluding international flights.

It's important to note that March and April mark the peak travel months in Japan when cherry blossoms are in full bloom. During this period, the cost of a 2 week trip to Japan tends to double or even triple. To secure a tour during Sakura season, we recommend making reservations at least 6 months prior to your intended departure date. This proactive approach ensures availability and enhances your overall travel experience.

Check the following links of the top 3 Japan temple tours recommended above, then submit your intended travel information to get your final quote.

Walking Through Mountains Temples and Traditional Villages in Japan
10 Days Tokyo - Mt.Fuji - Hakone - Osaka - Kyoto - Nara - Takayama - Kanazawa Tour
10 days | From $ 5799
Japan Nature and Temple Tour
10 Days Tokyo - Nikko - Mt.Fuji - Hakone - Osaka - Kyoto - Nara - Koyasan Tour
10 days | From $ 5825
Iconic Japan Tour
13 Days Tokyo - Mt.Fuji - Nagano - Takayama - Kanazawa - Kyoto Tour
13 days | From $ 6876

Conclusion

Japanese temples and shrines attract many tourists because of their cultural and historical significance, architectural beauty, spiritual atmosphere, and the unique rituals and practices associated with them. Plan your tailored itinerary to embark on our 2-week Japan tour to explore your favorite Japanese temple now.

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