8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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1
Osaka
— 3 nights
2
Kobe
— 2 nights
3
Kyoto
— 1 night
4
Nara
— 1 night

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 and Universal Studios Japan. On your second day here, explore the wide array of goods at Osaka Station City, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shitennoji, and finally shop like a local with Dotombori District.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka online attractions planner.

If you are flying in from Philippines, the closest major aiports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In July, daytime highs in Osaka are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can 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
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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), don't miss a visit to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street, make a trip to Kobe Motomachi Shopping Street, wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), then take in panoramic vistas at Kobe Port Tower, and finally wander the streets of Kobe Harborland. On your second day here, soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen, then admire the natural beauty at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai), and finally deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kobe planning app.

You can drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Osaka in July: highs in Kobe hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Spas
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 29:
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Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland
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.
On the 29th (Sun), browse the different shops at Kyoto Station Building, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, then get to know the resident critters at Monkey Park Iwatayama, and finally don't miss a visit to Bamboo Forest Street.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

Getting from Kobe to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kobe, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 29 — 30:
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of 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 take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nara travel planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. July in Nara sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple

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