8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + bus:  10​h
1
Kobe
— 1 night
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
3
Nara
— 1 night
train:  45​min
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Singapore

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): get in on the family fun at Rokkosan Field Athletic, then deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, and then wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kobe online tour itinerary planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Kobe is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Kobe due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Singapore in October, with highs in Kobe at 26°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

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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 19th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and finally make a trip to Gion.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip maker site .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Kobe. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Nara.

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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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 21st (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Daibutsuden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then walk around Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Nara trip maker tool .

Take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can take a train to Osaka.

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

3
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.
Step out of Osaka to go to Himeji and see Himeji Castle, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take a stroll through Dotonbori, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planning site .

Take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Nara in October, Osaka is little chillier at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

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Side Trip

Himeji Castle
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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