14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Bergen
Fly + Drive:  20​h
1
Kobe
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
2
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Bergen

5
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kobe: Takeda Castle Ruins (in Asago), Himeji (Koko-en Garden & Himeji Castle) and Naruto (Uzu no Michi & Otsuka Museum of Art). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikuta Shrine, get a taste of the local shopping with Kobe Harborland, and admire the natural beauty at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kobe trip maker app .

Bergen, Norway to Kobe is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bergen in December, with highs in Kobe at 13°C and lows at 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Naruto, Himeji, Takeda Castle Ruins
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Here are some ideas for day two: shop like a local with Dotonbori, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Senko-ji Temple.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary maker .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kobe. In December, daytime highs in Osaka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto road trip website .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Heian Shrine ©
Heian Shrine

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip site .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In December in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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