10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

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10 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  16​h
1
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  45​min
2
Nara
— 1 night
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Perth

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): take a stroll through Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner.

Perth, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Osaka is 1 hour. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Perth in December; daily highs in Osaka reach 13°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe

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 14th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nara trip itinerary app .

You can take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Another option is to drive. December in Nara sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

3
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, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fuuka-Kimono ©
Fuuka-Kimono
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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