5 days in Japan Itinerary

5 days in Japan Itinerary

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5 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  4​h
1
Nishi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Kobe
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Nara
— 1 day
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Konohana
— 1 day
Drive:  30​min
6
Naniwa
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  2​h
End: Manila, Luzon


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1
night
Nishi

Nishi
To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nishi trip itinerary planner .

Manila, Philippines to Nishi is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Philippines Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Manila in December; daily highs in Nishi reach 13°C and lows reach 4°C. You will leave for Kobe on the 16th (Sun).

Things to do in Nishi

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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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.
You've now added Kobe Luminarie to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): get some fabulous bargains at Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlets, then wander the streets of Chinatown (Nankinmachi), then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Suma Aqualife Park Kobe, and finally get a dose of culture at Kobe Luminarie.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kobe trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Nishi to Kobe in an hour. December in Kobe sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping Events Parks
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Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets ©
Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets
Suma Aqualife Park Kobe ©
Suma Aqualife Park Kobe
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nara online journey planner .

Getting from Kobe to Nara by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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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.
To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online trip itinerary maker .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Nara. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Konohana.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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day
Konohana

Konohana ©
Legoland Discovery Center Osaka has been added to your itinerary. On the 18th (Tue), find something for the whole family at Legoland Discovery Center Osaka, then meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Konohana sightseeing planning app .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Konohana takes 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Konohana are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Naniwa.

Things to do in Konohana

Shopping Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
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Legoland Discovery Center Osaka ©
Legoland Discovery Center Osaka
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Tempozan Ferris Wheel ©
Tempozan Ferris Wheel

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Naniwa

Naniwa ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Don Quixote Ferris Wheel as well as Dotonbori. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): wander the streets of Dotonbori and then take in panoramic vistas at Don Quixote Ferris Wheel.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Naniwa trip itinerary builder website .

Naniwa is just a short distance from Konohana. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. You will leave for home on the 19th (Wed).

Things to do in Naniwa

Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Highlights from your plan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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