13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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Osaka
Drive
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Kobe
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train
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Kurashiki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Misasa-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Tottori
— 2 nights
Drive
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Osaka
— 1 night
Train
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Hatsukaichi
— 3 nights
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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.
To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Osaka travel route app.

Kaohsiung, Taiwan to Osaka is an approximately 6-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kaohsiung to Osaka. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Kaohsiung in October: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 26°C and lows are around 17°C. You'll set off for Kobe on the 8th (Tue).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Kobe

— 1 night
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.
For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kobe travel site.

You can drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kobe are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. On the 9th (Wed), you're off to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Plan trip to Hiroshima with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can take a train from Kobe to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. October in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kurashiki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Kurashiki

— 2 nights
A town once known for its industriousness, today Kurashiki enjoys a reputation for its architecture and art.
For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kurashiki trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kurashiki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hiroshima in October, Kurashiki is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°C. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Misasa-cho.

Things to do in Kurashiki

Parks · Fun & Games · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Misasa-cho

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Mitoku, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitokusan Sanbutuji Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Misasa Shrine.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Misasa-cho vacation planner.

Drive from Kurashiki to Misasa-cho in 2 hours. In October in Misasa-cho, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Tottori.

Things to do in Misasa-cho

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tottori

— 2 nights
A highlight of the west of the country, Tottori sits along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
On the 14th (Mon), indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, snap pictures at Amarube Railroad Bridge, Sorano Eki, take in the natural beauty of Arayu, then get great views at Tottori Sand Dunes, then admire the masterpieces at The Sand Museum, and finally make a trip to Tottori Castle Ruins. On the next day, make a trip to Jinpu-kaku Hall, see the interesting displays at Warabekan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakuto Shrine, then make a trip to Karoichi, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Uradome Coast.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tottori trip planner.

You can drive from Misasa-cho to Tottori in 1.5 hours. October in Tottori sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Tottori

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Himeji

— 1 night
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.
To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Tottori to Himeji takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Tottori in October, Himeji is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Osaka

— 1 night
For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Himeji in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Osaka, with lows around 17°C. On the 17th (Thu), you're off to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Hatsukaichi

— 3 nights
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
You've now added Daishoin Temple to your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Hatsukaichi side-trips: Iwakuni (Iwakuni Castle & Kintaikyo Bridge). There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, look for gifts at Itsukushima Gekijyo, don't miss a visit to Gojuno To, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Misen.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hatsukaichi online trip builder.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hatsukaichi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. On the 20th (Sun), you're off to home.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Tottori Prefecture travel guide

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Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Sacred & Religious Sites
Tottori Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region. The capital is the city of Tottori. It is the least populous prefecture in Japan.EtymologyThe word "Tottori" in Japanese is formed from two kanji characters. The first, means "bird" and the second, means "to get". Early residents in the area made their living catching the region's plentiful waterfowl. The name first appears in the Nihon shoki in the 23rd year of the Emperor Suiko when Yukuha Tana, an elder from the Izumo, visits the emperor. The imperial Prince Homatsu-wake was unable to speak, despite being 30 years of age. "Yukuha Tana presented the swan to the emperor. Homatsu-wake no Mikoto played with this swan and at last learned to speak. Therefore, Yukaha Tana was liberally rewarded, and was granted the title of Tottori no Miyakko." (Aston, translation)HistoryEarly historyTottori Prefecture was settled very early in the prehistoric period of Japan, as evidenced by remains from the Jōmon period (14,000 - 300 BC). The prefecture has the remains of the largest known Yayoi period (300 BC - 250 AD) settlement in Japan, the Mukibanda Yayoi remains, located in the low foothills of Mount Daisen in the cities of Daisen and Yonago. Numerous kofun tumuli from the Kofun period (250 - 538) are located across the prefecture. In 645, under the Taika reforms, the area in present-day Tottori Prefecture became two provinces, Hōki and Inaba.

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