7 days in Japan Itinerary

7 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Osaka
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kobe
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
3
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
4
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
5
Nara
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
End: Osaka

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Osaka online sightseeing planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In November in Osaka, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Dotombori ©
Dotombori

1
night
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 2nd (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, don't miss a visit to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street, take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), then take in panoramic vistas at Kobe Port Tower, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Kobe Harborland.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kobe day trip planning app.

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Osaka. December in Kobe sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
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Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens ©
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): make a trip to Shoshazan Ropeway, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and finally make a trip to Otemae Street.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Himeji visit planning website.

Himeji is very close to Kobe. In December in Himeji, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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.
On the 4th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto journey planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in December, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Nara.

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Todai-ji Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Kaidan-do.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nara road trip planning app.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in December, and nighttime lows around 42°F. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Nara

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

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