19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
+2
train + Fly + train:  17​h 30​min
1
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kobe
— 2 nights
train:  15​min
3
Suita
— 5 nights
train:  15​min
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Dusseldorf

6
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner .

Dusseldorf, Germany to Kyoto is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or fly. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Dusseldorf in July; daily highs in Kyoto reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

2
nights
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 19th (Fri), admire the verdant scenery at Arima Onsen, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikuta Shrine, then take a stroll through Chinatown (Nankinmachi), and finally shop like a local with Kobe Harborland. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mudoji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, then enjoy breathtaking views from Kobe Port Tower, and finally don't miss a visit to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kobe vacation planning site .

Kobe is very close to Kyoto. Traveling from Kyoto in July, you will find days in Kobe are a bit cooler (33°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Suita.

Things to do in Kobe

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

5
nights
Suita

Suita ©
A smaller metropolis near Osaka, Suita remains best known for hosting the World's Fair in 1970.
Explore Suita's surroundings by going to Akutagawa Ryokuchi (in Takatsuki) and Suntory Yamazaki Distillery (in Shimamoto-cho). The adventure continues: make a trip to The Former Nishio Family House, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethnology, stroll around The Tower of the Sun, and admire the sheer force of Waterfall of Mino.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Suita travel route planner .

Suita is just a short distance from Kobe. When traveling from Kobe in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Suita, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Suita

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mino, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, La Sola, Hirakata Park, Itami Sky Park
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The Tower of the Sun ©
The Tower of the Sun
Suntory Yamazaki Distillery ©
Suntory Yamazaki Distillery
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA ©
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan and then make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Kuchu Teien Observatory, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and finally make a trip to Abeno Harukas.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka day trip planner.

Osaka is very close to Suita. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 28th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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