10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

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10 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Osaka
1
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  30​min
2
Kobe
— 1 night
Train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
4
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Nara
— 3 nights
Train:  45​min
End: Osaka

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Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
You've now added Nara Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, and then walk around Nara Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): wander the streets of Dotonbori, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senko-ji Temple.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary builder app .

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. December in Osaka sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nara Park
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): wander the streets of Kobe Harborland.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kobe trip planner .

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland

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Kyoto

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
On the 18th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple. On the next day, make a trip to Heian Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planning website .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Kobe. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

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Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then step into the grandiose world of Inuyama Castle, and then step into the grandiose world of Hikone Castle.

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Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nagoya, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Nagoya

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Inuyama Castle, Hikone Castle
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Osu Shopping Street ©
Osu Shopping Street
Hikone Castle ©
Hikone Castle

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Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nara: Mt.Takami (in Matsusaka) and Byodoin (in Uji). There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and stroll around Nara Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nara itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Nara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Nagoya, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Nara, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 6°C. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Byodoin, Jindoji Temple, Mt.Takami
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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