14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Shanghai
Fly + train:  6​h 30​min
1
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
2
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kobe
— 1 night
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
6
Osaka
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Shanghai

2
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.
On the 10th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nara trip planner.

Shanghai, China to Nara is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also ride a ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Shanghai to Nara due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Byodoin
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Wakayama (Momijidani Garden & Wakayama Castle). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, don't miss a visit to Hep Five Ferris Wheel, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and wander the streets of Dotonbori.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary app .

Take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Wakayama
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): admire the verdant scenery at Arima Onsen, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikuta Shrine, then wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Kobe Harborland.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kobe online vacation planner .

Kobe is just a short distance from Osaka. In December, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
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Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland

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 Saihoji Temple, Magical Trip, Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and other attractions you added. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kyoto itinerary builder .

Kyoto is very close to Kobe. In December, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

3
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.
Have a day of magic on the 22nd (Sun) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take a stroll through Odaiba, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree.

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

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Tokyo are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Osaka

Osaka ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): admire the striking features of Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka online travel planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Kuchu Teien Observatory ©
Kuchu Teien Observatory

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