13 days in Osaka & Takayama Itinerary

13 days in Osaka & Takayama Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Osaka
— 4 nights
2
Takayama
— 8 nights

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. Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Arashiyama and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Nara Park (in Nara) and Kyoto (Nishiki Market Shopping District, Kinkaku-ji, &more).

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka journey website.

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

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto, Nara
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato). Step out of Takayama to go to Tateyama-machi and see Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. The adventure continues: visit Sanmachi Suji and admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Takayama driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Takayama in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Osaka in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Takayama, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. On the 1st (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Takayama

Outdoors Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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

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