15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  4​h
1
Osaka
— 6 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kobe
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
4
Nara
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  4​h
End: Manila, Luzon

6
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.
Do your shopping at Dotonbori and Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo. Get some cultural insight at Osaka Castle and Minami (Namba). Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Tsudoshiroyama Ancient Tomb (in Fujiidera) and Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, & more). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senko-ji Temple, and examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka tour itinerary planner.

Manila, Philippines to Osaka is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Philippines Time (PHT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Manila in October, things will get slightly colder in Osaka: highs are around 26°C and lows about 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Theme Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Tsudoshiroyama Ancient Tomb
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©

3
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) and Kobe Harborland. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Catholic Kobe Chuo Church and Ikuta Shrine.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kobe online sightseeing planner .

Kobe is very close to Osaka. October in Kobe sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. You'll set off for Kyoto on the 12th (Sat).

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Catholic Kobe Chuo Church ©
Catholic Kobe Chuo Church
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.
Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kinkaku-ji and Sanjusangendo Temple. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Asahiyaki, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, and make a trip to Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online visit planner .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Kobe. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Tue) before leaving for Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Asahiyaki, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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 15th (Tue), appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, walk around Nara Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Byodoin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nara trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Byodoin, Studio Yamato Zakura
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Byodoin ©
Byodoin

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