10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Osaka
— 1 night
2
Kobe
— 1 night
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
4
Nagoya
— 2 nights
5
Nara
— 3 nights

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nara Park. On the 16th (Mon), enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, thenget in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit Dotombori District, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, thenexplore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Senko-ji Temple.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka online travel route planner.

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major aiports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car 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
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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night
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.
On the 18th (Wed), wander the streets of Kobe Harborland.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kobe trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for the train ride 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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, thencontemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto journey maker.

Traveling by train from Kobe to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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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): make a trip to Osu Shopping Street and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, thenstep into the grandiose world of Inuyama Castle, and then step into the grandiose world of Hikone Castle.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nagoya day trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in December: highs in Nagoya hover around °C, while lows dip to °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
Inuyama Castle ©
Inuyama Castle
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine

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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.
Explore Nara's surroundings by going to Mt.Takami (in Matsusaka) and Byodoin (in Uji). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, and pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nara day trip tool.

Getting from Nagoya to Nara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nagoya in December: highs in Nara hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

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