13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Osaka
Train:  1​h 45​min
1
Hiroshima
— 1 day
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
5
Nara
— 1 day
Train:  45​min
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
7
Kobe
— 1 day
Train:  30​min
8
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  1​h
9
Himeji
— 1 day
Train:  1​h
10
Osaka
— 2 nights
End: Osaka

1
day
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 21st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, and finally step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner .

Osaka to Hiroshima is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

2
nights
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.
On the 22nd (Sun), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, then make a trip to The Symphony Hall, then get into the urban bustle at Daimaru Museum Umeda, and finally stroll around Itami Sky Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Osaka online trip planner .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December in Osaka, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trip

Itami Sky Park
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum
Daimaru Museum Umeda ©
Daimaru Museum Umeda

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.
Tokugawa Art Museum and Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Okageza in Ise (about 1h 45 min away). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, admire the striking features of Kyoto Station Building, shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District, and admire the masterpieces at Kyoto National Museum.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto visit planner.

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Tokugawa Art Museum, Okageza, Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, and then take a stroll through Dotonbori.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka journey maker website .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Byodoin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nara trip maker .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Byodoin
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Make your Osaka itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
Highlights from your plan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikuta Shrine, take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), examine the collection at Kawasaki Good Times World, wander the streets of Kobe Harborland, then see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and finally make a trip to Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai).

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kobe journey planner.

Kobe is just a short distance from Osaka. In December in Kobe, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Ikuta Shrine ©
Ikuta Shrine
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

1
night
Osaka

Osaka
For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Osaka travel website .

Osaka is very close to Kobe. You'll set off for Himeji on the 31st (Tue).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): see the interesting displays at Japan Toy Museum, get engrossed in the history at Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then admire the masterpieces at Himeji CityMuseum of Art, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Piole Himeji.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Osaka to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Himeji CityMuseum of Art ©
Himeji CityMuseum of Art
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Japan Toy Museum ©
Japan Toy Museum

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Here are some ideas for day two: shop like a local with Minami (Namba), examine the collection at The World Money Box Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, examine the collection at CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, then take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and finally take a stroll through Dotonbori.

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Getting from Himeji to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Panasonic Museum, Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, The World Money Box Museum
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

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