10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

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10 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
1
Kobe
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Akashi
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Manila, Luzon

3
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.
Yakushiin Zenrinji Temple and Kii Fudoki No Oka Museum of Archaeology and Folklore will appeal to history buffs. Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) and Kimiidera Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kobe: Wakayama (Itakiso Shrine & Muryoko-ji Temple). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, make a trip to Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikuta Shrine, and admire the natural beauty at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kobe online trip itinerary planner .

Manila, Philippines to Kobe is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manila to Kobe is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Manila in October; daily highs in Kobe reach 26°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Wakayama, Yakushiin Zenrinji Temple
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Ikuta Shrine ©
Ikuta Shrine
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Kimiidera Temple ©
Kimiidera Temple

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take a stroll through Fushimi Suigo, don't miss a visit to Byodoin, get to know the fascinating history of Byodoin Omote-sando, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ujigami Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gokonomiya Shrine. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Teradaya, explore the world behind art at Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan, examine the collection at Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, then savor the flavors at Suntory Yamazaki Distillery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yoshimine-dera.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planner .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Kobe. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Uji, Suntory Yamazaki Distillery
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Byodoin ©
Byodoin
Yoshimine-dera ©
Yoshimine-dera
Suntory Yamazaki Distillery ©
Suntory Yamazaki Distillery

1
night
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.
On the 5th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Aishu Kindergarten.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Osaka day trip planner.

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Akashi.

3
nights
Akashi

Akashi ©
Akashi is a city located in southern Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan, on the Seto Inland Sea west of Kobe.As of April 1, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 294,312 and a population density of 6,000 persons per km². Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. On the 6th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Ruins of Akashi Castle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Amore Beach, then snap pictures at Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, then contemplate the long history of Kyu Hatosaki Torodo, and finally step into the grandiose world of Wakayama Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Akashi Park, look and learn at Akashi Municipal Planetarium, and then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Akashi tour itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Osaka to Akashi in 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Akashi

Historic Sites Parks Spas

Side Trips

Wakayama, Remains of Ako Castle, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
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Ruins of Akashi Castle ©
Ruins of Akashi Castle
Wakayama Castle ©
Wakayama Castle
Remains of Ako Castle
Remains of Ako Castle

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