8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Osaka
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  30​min
2
Kobe
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  30​min
4
Nara
— 1 night
Train:  30​min
End: Osaka

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Osaka Station City, Shitennoji Temple and Universal Studios Japan. Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Osaka Station City, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shitennoji Temple, and finally wander the streets of Dotonbori.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Osaka road trip planning tool .

If you are flying in from Philippines, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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 27th (Fri), make a trip to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street, make a trip to Kobe Motomachi Shopping Street, then get a taste of the local shopping with Chinatown (Nankinmachi), then take in panoramic vistas at Kobe Port Tower, and finally take a stroll through Kobe Harborland. Here are some ideas for day two: soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen, then admire the natural beauty at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Garden, then contemplate the long history of Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai), and finally explore the striking landscape at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kobe trip planner.

Kobe is very close to Osaka. Traveling from Osaka in July, you will find days in Kobe are slightly colder (33°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

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)

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Kyoto Station Building, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monkey Park Iwatayama, and finally don't miss a visit to Bamboo Forest Street.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planner .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Kobe. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kobe in July: highs in Kyoto hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Shopping
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Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama
Kyoto Station Building ©
Kyoto Station Building
Bamboo Forest Street ©
Bamboo Forest Street

1
night
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.
On the 30th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakushi-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nara day trip tool .

Nara is very close to Kyoto. In July, daytime highs in Nara are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Nara

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

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