11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Osaka
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
2
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
4
Kobe
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
5
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
End: Osaka

2
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 added Eat Osaka, Osaka Castle Park, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): wander the streets of Minami (Namba), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle Park, and then learn something new at Eat Osaka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Dotonbori, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Osaka travel itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. June in Osaka sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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nights
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 9th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Heijokyu Ruins, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakushiji Temple, then make a trip to Naramachi Koshino Ie, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa, and finally admire the striking features of Nara National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horyu-ji Temple, take some stellar pictures from Naramachi, contemplate the waterfront views at Sarusawa-ike, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Nara tour itinerary planner.

Osaka to Nara is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also take a train. In June, daytime highs in Nara are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Horyu-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji 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 13th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and then take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Pontocho, take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Kyoto, and then ponder the world of politics at Kyoto Imperial Palace.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Kyoto online trip itinerary planner .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Nara. Traveling from Nara in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Kyoto, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kyoto Imperial Palace ©
Kyoto Imperial Palace
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

2
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.
On the 15th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, then see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then appreciate the views at Arima Onsen, and finally don't miss a visit to Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai). Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikuta Shrine, wander the streets of Chinatown (Nankinmachi), take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, then see the interesting displays at Kawasaki Good Times World, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Kobe Port Tower.

To see where to stay and tourist information, read our Kobe travel route site .

Kobe is very close to Himeji. In June in Kobe, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping Neighborhoods Nature
Highlights from your plan
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum

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Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Himeji Castle has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, hike along Mt Shosha hiking, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaminoda Otoshi Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Otemae Street, take in nature's colorful creations at Kokoen Garden, take in the views from Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, then get great views at Awaji Hanasajiki, and finally get advice or help at Awaji Highway Oasis.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in June: highs in Himeji hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Awaji, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Mt Shosha hiking ©
Mt Shosha hiking
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Awaji Highway Oasis ©
Awaji Highway Oasis

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