10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

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10 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 1 day
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Koya-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Shirahama-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
5
Nara
— 1 night
train:  30​min
6
Osaka
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: London

1
day
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.
On the 27th (Wed), take a stroll through Minami (Namba), then add some entertainment to your itinerary with Dotombori Kadoza, then get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi, and finally don't miss a visit to Abeno Harukas.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Osaka travel itinerary creator.

London, UK to Osaka is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping Nightlife
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Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street
Abeno Harukas ©
Abeno Harukas
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)

2
nights
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan, steep yourself in history at Koyasan Daimon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Koyasan, then look for gifts at Kobori Nangakudo, and finally stop by Koyasan Daishido. On your second day here, explore the different monuments and memorials at Okunoin, don't miss a visit to Tanizeno Tsuribashi, then contemplate the waterfront views at Yoshinogawa, and finally see the interesting displays at Old Kayano Family House.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Koya-cho itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Koya-cho takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Shirahama-cho.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yoshinogawa, Old Kayano Family House, Tanizeno Tsuribashi
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
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Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Tanizeno Tsuribashi ©
Tanizeno Tsuribashi
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

1
night
Shirahama-cho

Shirahama-cho ©
A popular resort town with many hot springs and long, man-made white sand beaches, Shirahama-cho draws scores of tourists.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then look for gifts at Toretore Market, and then laugh and play at Adventure World.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Shirahama-cho holiday planner.

Getting from Koya-cho to Shirahama-cho by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Shirahama-cho

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Theme Parks
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Adventure World ©
Adventure World
Toretore Market Nanki Shirahama ©
Toretore Market Nanki Shirahama
Thermal Spas

2
nights
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 31st (Sun): wander the streets of Gion, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari Taisha, and then take in panoramic vistas at Kyoto Tower. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, then get great views at Kiyomizu-dera, and finally contemplate the long history of Yasaka Shrine.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto holiday planner.

You can drive from Shirahama-cho to Kyoto in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Shirahama-cho in December, with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nara.

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
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
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.
On the 2nd (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Tōdai-ji, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally take some stellar pictures from Naramachi.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Nara travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January in Nara, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

1
night
Osaka

Osaka ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): wander the streets of Minami (Namba), add some entertainment to your itinerary with Dotombori Kadoza, take a stroll through Shinsaibashi, then make a trip to Abeno Harukas, and finally get great views at Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Osaka vacation planner.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Nara. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping Nightlife
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Tempozan Ferris Wheel ©
Tempozan Ferris Wheel
Abeno Harukas ©
Abeno Harukas

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