13 days in Osaka & Takayama Itinerary

13 days in Osaka & Takayama Itinerary

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13 days in Osaka & Takayama Itinerary

Start: Osaka
1
Osaka
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Takayama
— 8 nights
Drive:  4​h
End: Osaka

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tempozan Ferris Wheel. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nakagyo (Nishiki Market Shopping District & Nijo Castle), Kyoto (Gion & Arashiyama) and Nara (Nara Park & Todaiji Temple Cultural Center).

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka road trip planning website .

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto, Nara
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Gion
Gion
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

8
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) and Sanmachi Suji are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Takayama Jinya. Step out of Takayama to go to Tateyama-machi and see Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, which is approximately 1h 30 min away.

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Traveling by car from Osaka to Takayama takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Osaka, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Takayama, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 3°C. On the 1st (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Takayama

Scenic Drive Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
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Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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