11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly + train:  8​h 30​min
1
Nagoya
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
2
Takayama
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Bangkok

2
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya day trip planner.

Bangkok, Thailand to Nagoya is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Bangkok to Nagoya is 2 hours. Traveling from Bangkok in October, you will find days in Nagoya are colder (24°C), and nights are slightly colder (19°C). On the 21st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Takayama.
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Osu Shopping Street ©
Osu Shopping Street

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
On the 21st (Mon), wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Takayama trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Takayama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Takayama are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Neighborhoods
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Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

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 23rd (Wed), shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planning app .

Getting from Takayama to Kyoto by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow time for the train ride to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Shopping Historic Sites
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Nishiki Market Shopping District ©
Nishiki Market Shopping District

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.
Get some cultural insight at Dotonbori and Todai-ji Temple. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Osaka driving holiday planner .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. October in Osaka sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

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