13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

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

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Osaka Castle, Shinsekai and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner .

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. July in Osaka sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

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 Kitano-cho. On the 27th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, go for a walk through Kitano-cho, then make a trip to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street, then take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Kobe Harborland.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kobe online itinerary planner .

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Osaka. When traveling from Osaka in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Kobe, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

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

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Yasaka Shrine, Chion-in Temple and Nanzen-ji Temple. Keep things going the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenryuji Temple, then admire the natural beauty at Okochi Sanso Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary website .

Getting from Nara to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Ginkakuji Temple ©
Ginkakuji Temple
Ryoanji Temple ©
Ryoanji Temple
Philosopher's Walk ©
Philosopher's Walk

1
day
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 27th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nara trip planner .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

3
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Yasaka Shrine, Kodai-ji Temple, Sanjusangendo Temple, and other attractions you added. Explore Kyoto further: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner .

You can take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
You've added Sensō-ji, Akihabara, Dogenzaka, and other attractions to your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take a stroll through Ginza, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

Before you visit Tokyo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Tokyo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. On the 6th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ginza ©
Ginza
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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