11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Osaka
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
5
Kobe
— 1 day
train:  30​min
6
Osaka
— 1 night
End: Osaka

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.
You've now added Osaka Free Walking Tour to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Osaka road trip site .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Tue) before leaving for Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Miyajima, and then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Hiroshima tour planner .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima 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 19th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and then look for gifts at Fuuka-Kimono. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then have some family-friendly fun at Maiko and Geisha Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planning site .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sat) before leaving for Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Fun & Games Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fuuka-Kimono ©
Fuuka-Kimono

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Herbis Plaza / Herbis Plaza Ent as well as Grand Front Osaka. On the 21st (Sat), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: buy something for everyone on your list at Grand Front Osaka, buy something for everyone on your list at Herbis Plaza / Herbis Plaza Ent, then admire the landmark architecture of Tsutenkaku, then don't miss a visit to Abeno Harukas, and finally don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

Plan trip to Osaka with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Tempozan Ferris Wheel ©
Tempozan Ferris Wheel
Abeno Harukas ©
Abeno Harukas

1
day
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kobe Port Tower. On the 23rd (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, don't miss a visit to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street, then take in panoramic vistas at Kobe Port Tower, then wander the streets of Kobe Harborland, and finally take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kobe tour builder website .

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Osaka. December in Kobe sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens ©
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens

1
night
Osaka

Osaka
To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka online journey planner .

Osaka is very close to Kobe. You'll set off for home on the 24th (Tue).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

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