7 days in Japan Itinerary

7 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly:  19 h 30 min
1
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Nagoya
— 1 day
Train:  1 h 30 min
3
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
4
Kyoto
— 1 day
Train:  30 min
5
Kobe
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h
6
Nara
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  21 h 30 min
End: Sydney

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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.
To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka journey planner.

Sydney, Australia to Osaka is an approximately 13- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in May, with highs in Osaka at 29°C and lows at 18°C. You will leave for Nagoya on the 16th (Thu).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

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Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 16th (Thu), make a trip to Nagoya Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, and finally examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nagoya itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Osaka to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Osaka in May, expect nights in Nagoya to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Museums
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Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Osu Shopping Street ©
Osu Shopping Street

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Osaka

Osaka
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Traveling by train from Nagoya to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Nagoya, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Osaka, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 18°C. On the 17th (Fri), you're off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): make a trip to Nijo Castle, then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

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Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

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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.
To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kobe trip itinerary planner.

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for slightly colder days in Kobe, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. On the 18th (Sat), you're off to Nara.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Parks Museums

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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.
Explore Nara's surroundings by going to Ishibutai Tomb (in Asuka-mura) and Mt. Yoshino (in Yoshino-cho). There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and steep yourself in history at Naramachi.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nara road trip planning site.

You can drive from Kobe to Nara in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kobe in May: highs in Nara hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nara

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Side Trips

Ishibutai Tomb, Mt. Yoshino
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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