8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Makati, Luzon
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
2
Nara
— 1 day
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h
4
Sapporo
— Few hours
Fly + shuttle:  1​h 30​min
5
Hakodate
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
6
Takamatsu
— 1 night
train:  3​h
7
Fukuoka
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Makati, Luzon

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take a stroll through Dotonbori.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka travel route planner.

Makati, Philippines to Osaka is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Makati to Osaka. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Kuromon Market ©
Kuromon Market

1
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 13th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then walk around Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nara holiday planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Another option is to drive. July in Nara sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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 14th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Nara to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Heian Shrine ©
Heian Shrine

few
hours
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
On the 15th (Mon), take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Space, then walk around Odori Park, and then steep yourself in history at Clock Tower (Tokei-dai).

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sapporo online travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Kyoto to Sapporo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Kyoto in July, expect Sapporo to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Sapporo Clock Tower ©
Sapporo Clock Tower

1
night
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hakodate itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Sapporo to Hakodate takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Hakodate can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Hakodate

Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower

1
night
Takamatsu

Takamatsu
A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
On the 17th (Wed), go for a walk through Ritsurin Garden, stroll around Tamamo Park, then steep yourself in history at Hiunkaku, then take in the awesome beauty at Yashima, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yashima-ji Temple.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Takamatsu trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Hakodate to Takamatsu in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Hakodate in July, expect Takamatsu to be somewhat warmer, temps between 35°C and 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Yashima ©
Yashima
Yashima-ji Temple ©
Yashima-ji Temple

1
night
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.
To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Fukuoka attractions planner .

Getting from Takamatsu to Fukuoka by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. You will leave for home on the 18th (Thu).

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

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