13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Osaka
Drive:  30 min
1
Nara
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Kobe
— 1 night
Drive:  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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, contemplate the long history of Naramachi Koshino Ie, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa, admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Naramachi.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nara itinerary maker website.

Osaka to Nara is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train. March in Nara sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

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

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, thencontemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, thentake a stroll through Gion, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nara in March, expect little chillier 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), admire the natural beauty at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, thensteep yourself in history at Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai), and finally don't miss a visit to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Kobe Harborland and then take in panoramic vistas at Kobe Port Tower.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kobe route site.

Take a train from Kyoto to Kobe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Kobe, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 7°C at night. On the 29th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive 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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Koya-cho (Mt. Koya, Fugen-in Temple, &more). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, try out the rides at SpaWorld, and wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planning app.

You can drive from Kobe to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March in Osaka, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough 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
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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