4 days in Japan Itinerary

4 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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Kyoto
— 1 night
Train
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Kobe
Drive
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Osaka
— 1 night
Drive
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Nara
— 1 night
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Kyoto

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

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Los Angeles, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. In September, daytime highs in Kyoto are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites

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 8th (Sun): take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kobe trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kobe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Kobe, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your trip

Osaka

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): shop like a local with Dotombori District and then steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kobe to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Nara

— 1 night

Ancient City

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 9th (Mon), examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nara day trip planning website.

You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Nara sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nara

Museums
Highlights from your trip

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.