7 days in Japan Itinerary

7 days in Japan Itinerary

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7 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
2
Nara
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
4
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Manila, Luzon

1
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 5th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and then take a stroll through Dotonbori.

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Manila, Philippines to Osaka is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Philippines Time (PHT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Manila in October, expect Osaka to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Dotombori ©
Dotombori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Byodoin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Todai-ji Temple, then stroll around Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

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Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Byodoin
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and finally wander the streets of Gion. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

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Take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

2
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): let the kids burn off some steam at Ohori Park, savor the flavors at Osakana Tengoku, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dazaifu Temmangu, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Fukuma Beach and then kick back and relax at Miyajihama Beach.

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You can take a train from Kyoto to Fukuoka in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In October in Fukuoka, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Fukutsu, Dazaifu Tenman-gu
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Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine

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