8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly + Bus:  9​h 30​min
1
Kobe
— 1 night
Train:  30​min
2
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  1​h
3
Nara
— 1 night
Train:  1​h
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
5
Kanazawa
— 1 night
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Bangkok

1
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), then gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, then make a trip to Nunohiki River Valley, and finally steep yourself in history at Ishoan.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kobe trip builder website .

Bangkok, Thailand to Kobe is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Bangkok to Kobe is 2 hours. In January, Kobe is cooler than Bangkok - with highs of 10°C and lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Nunohiki River Valley ©
Nunohiki River Valley

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 20th (Mon): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Osaka trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kobe. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nara trip itinerary app .

You can take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Another option is to drive. In January in Nara, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the 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

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 22nd (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Kyutei Omuro, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto road trip site .

Getting from Nara to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and subway. In January in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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