9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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

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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, &more) and Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda (in Ikeda). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, wander the streets of Dotombori District, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary 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 August, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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 3rd (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, make a trip to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street, thenstop by Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), thentake in panoramic vistas at Kobe Port Tower, and finally wander the streets of Kobe Harborland.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kobe journey website.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

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

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 4th (Fri): stop by Hashiya Kaede, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, thendon't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple. On the next day, wander the streets of Gion, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kyoto road trip planning app.

You can take a train from Kobe to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kobe in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kyoto, with lows of 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

2
nights
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 6th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, thenappreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Tegaimon.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nara trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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