13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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Hiroshima
— 1 day
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Nara
— 1 day
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Kobe
— 1 day
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Osaka
— 1 night
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Himeji
— 1 day
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Osaka
— 2 nights

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, and finally step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip maker site.

Osaka to Hiroshima is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and train. December in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

2
nights
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 22nd (Sun), let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, then make a trip to The Symphony Hall, then get into the urban bustle at Daimaru Museum Umeda, and finally walk around Itami Sky Park.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Tours · Museums · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum
Daimaru Museum Umeda ©
Daimaru Museum Umeda

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Shop till you drop at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Kyo no Takumi. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Tokugawa Art Museum (in Nagoya) and Okageza (in Ise). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and take in the pleasant sights at Gion.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto road trip planning site.

Take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, and then wander the streets of Dotombori District.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka journey planning website.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum

1
day
Nara

Nara ©

Ancient City

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 28th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Byodoin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Todai-ji Temple.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nara trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Osaka day trip site.

Traveling by car from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

1
day
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 30th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikuta Shrine, wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), examine the collection at Kawasaki Good Times World, then wander the streets of Kobe Harborland, then see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai).

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kobe trip maker website.

Drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Ikuta Shrine ©
Ikuta Shrine
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

1
night
Osaka

Osaka
To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kobe to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. On the 31st (Tue), you'll travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:

1
day
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 31st (Tue), examine the collection at Japan Toy Museum, get engrossed in the history at Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then explore the world behind art at Himeji CityMuseum of Art, and finally browse the different shops at Piole Himeji.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Himeji online trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Himeji are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Himeji CityMuseum of Art ©
Himeji CityMuseum of Art
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Japan Toy Museum ©
Japan Toy Museum

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Minami (Namba), examine the collection at The World Money Box Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, examine the collection at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, then wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and finally take a stroll through Dotombori District.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Osaka itinerary builder site.

You can take a train from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

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