8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly + Train:  9​h 30​min
1
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Train:  3​h 15​min
3
Kobe
— 1 night
Train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Bangkok

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 18th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Gion and then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary builder website .

Bangkok, Thailand to Kyoto is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 2 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Bangkok in January, with highs in Kyoto at 10°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa online visit planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. You'll set off for Kobe on the 20th (Mon).

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

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 20th (Mon), admire the verdant scenery at Arima Onsen, see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, steep yourself in history at Ishoan, don't miss a visit to Nunohiki River Valley, then get a taste of the local shopping with Kobe Harborland, and finally take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Kobe trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kobe takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping Neighborhoods Baths
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Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Nunohiki River Valley ©
Nunohiki River Valley
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara Park (in Nara) and Mt. Koya (in Koya-cho). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, read our Osaka road trip planning app .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kobe. In January, daytime highs in Osaka are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Mt. Koya, Nara Park
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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