11 days in Osaka, Takayama & Nagoya Itinerary

11 days in Osaka, Takayama & Nagoya Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Bangkok
Fly + Train:  10 h 15 min
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  4 h 30 min
2
Takayama
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Nagoya
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  7 h
End: Bangkok

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 added Universal Studios Japan, Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, Umeda Sky Building, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka attractions planner.

Bangkok, Thailand to Osaka is an approximately 9- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Bangkok to Osaka is 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Bangkok in October, with highs in Osaka at 26°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Takayama.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Minoo Park
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Ninja-Do ©
Ninja-Do
Dotombori ©
Dotombori

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.
You've added Takayama Jinya, Hida Kokubun-ji Temple, Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and then visit Sanmachi Suji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, then get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hida Kokubun-ji Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Takayama tour app.

You can drive from Osaka to Takayama in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) ©

4
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Atsuta Jingu Shrine, Oasis 21, Hosho-in (Osu Kannon), and other attractions. When in Nagoya, make a side trip to see Inuyama Castle in Inuyama, approximately Inuyama away. There's more to do: make a trip to Nagoya TV Tower.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagoya trip planning tool.

Getting from Takayama to Nagoya by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Nagoya can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Inuyama Castle, Koran Valley
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Koran Valley ©
Koran Valley
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium

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