7 days in Japan Itinerary

7 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Bangkok
Fly + Train:  9 h
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Nagoya
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  9 h
End: Bangkok

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 23rd (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and then wander the streets of Dotombori. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Peace Osaka, then examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Mizuno Sportology Gallery.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka holiday builder tool.

Bangkok, Thailand to Osaka is an approximately 9- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Bangkok to Osaka, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bangkok in March, things will get much colder in Osaka: highs are around 16°C and lows about 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Nara
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotombori ©
Dotombori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): walk around Yodoryokuchi Park, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Gion, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and finally stroll through Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip builder site.

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): browse the exhibits of Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), explore the world behind art at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, take an in-depth tour of Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), examine the collection at Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), then examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, and finally take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Takayama trip app.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Takayama takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in March, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Takayama: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Neighborhoods
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Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall ©
Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall
Hida Takayama Museum of Art ©
Hida Takayama Museum of Art
Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) ©
Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato)

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Nanzan University Museum of Anthropology, then explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, then visit Sakae, and finally see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Nagoya day trip site.

Getting from Takayama to Nagoya by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Takayama in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nagoya, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
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Tokugawa Art Museum ©
Tokugawa Art Museum
Nanzan University Museum of Anthropology ©
Nanzan University Museum of Anthropology

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