7 days in Japan Itinerary

7 days in Japan Itinerary

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7 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Osaka
1
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  30​min
2
Kobe
— 1 day
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  30​min
5
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  45​min
6
Nara
— 1 day
train:  45​min
7
Osaka
— 2 nights
End: Osaka

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka journey planner.

If you are flying in from Thailand, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kobe.
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Kuchu Teien Observatory ©
Kuchu Teien Observatory

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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.
On the 11th (Mon), stroll around Arima Onsen, don't miss a visit to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street, then take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, and finally wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kobe trip itinerary planner .

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In November, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

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

1
night
Osaka

Osaka
For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary planner .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kobe. You'll set off for Kyoto on the 12th (Tue).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji and then go for a walk through Arashiyama.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In November in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

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
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

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night
Osaka

Osaka
To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Osaka road trip planner.

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. You will leave for Nara on the 14th (Thu).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

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day
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 14th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nara road trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): wander the streets of Dotonbori, then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Senko-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, examine the collection at CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then don't miss a visit to Abeno Harukas, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Tsutenkaku.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka vacation maker website .

You can take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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