13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Osaka
train:  30​min
1
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kobe
— 1 night
train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 6 nights
End: Osaka

2
nights
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 24th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, make a trip to Naramachi Koshino Ie, and then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Wakakusa Hill, then take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofukuji Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Naramachi.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nara trip planner.

Osaka to Nara is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in March, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center ©
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari Taisha, and then contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, make a trip to Gion, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto travel planner.

Kyoto is just a short distance from Nara. Traveling from Nara in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 5°C in Kyoto. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kobe.

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
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 28th (Tue), wander the streets of Chinatown (Nankinmachi), then take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki herb garden / ropeway, then don't miss a visit to Kobe Kitano Museum, and finally make a trip to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with Kobe Harborland and then take in panoramic vistas at Kobe Port Tower.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kobe vacation planner.

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In March, daytime highs in Kobe are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
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Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens ©
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland

6
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Koya-cho (Mount Koyasan, Fugen-in Temple, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, stroll through Expo '70 Commemorative Park, make a trip to Abeno Harukas, and enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip generator.

Osaka is just a short distance from Kobe. In March in Osaka, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Expo '70 Commemorative Park, Aguchi Shrine
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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