10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Osaka
— 1 day
Drive:  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
Drive:  45 min
5
Nara
— 1 night
Drive:  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), thentake in a show at Dotombori Kadoza, thenmake a trip to Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and finally make a trip to Abeno Harukas.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka online tour planner.

London, UK to Osaka is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Osaka, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. December in Osaka sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

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

2
nights
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Explore Koya-cho's surroundings by going to Yoshinogawa (in Gojo), Old Kayano Family House (in Kudoyama-cho) and Tanizeno Tsuribashi (in Totsukawa-mura).

Make your Koya-cho itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Osaka to Koya-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Shirahama-cho.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yoshinogawa, Old Kayano Family House, Tanizeno Tsuribashi
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Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Tanizeno Tsuribashi ©
Tanizeno Tsuribashi

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): test the waters at a local thermal spa, thenstop by Toretore Market Nanki Shirahama, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Adventure World.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Shirahama-cho online route planner.

Getting from Koya-cho to Shirahama-cho by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December in Shirahama-cho, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Shirahama-cho

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
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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.
On the 31st (Sun), take a stroll through Gion and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, thensteep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, thensteep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Yasaka Shrine.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online tour itinerary maker.

Drive from Shirahama-cho to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Shirahama-cho in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kyoto, with lows of 4°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
Gion
Gion

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, thensee the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally contemplate the long history of Naramachi.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nara day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time 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 ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): wander the streets of Minami (Namba), take in a show at Dotombori Kadoza, take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, thenmake a trip to Abeno Harukas, and finally don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Osaka online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time 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 ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street
Tempozan Ferris Wheel ©
Tempozan Ferris Wheel
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)

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