9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Ho Chi Minh City
Fly:  6​h
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
2
Kobe
— 1 day
train:  1​h
3
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  1​h
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
5
Nara
— Few hours
train:  45​min
6
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Ho Chi Minh City

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.
You've added Tempozan Ferris Wheel, Namba Parks, Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, then browse the different shops at Namba Parks, and then take a stroll through Dotonbori. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, make a trip to Umeda Sky Building, don't miss a visit to Hep Five Ferris Wheel, get to know the resident critters at Tennoji Zoo, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tsutenkaku, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Spa Suminoe.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary maker site .

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Osaka is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Osaka is 2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in October: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 26°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Tempozan Ferris Wheel ©
Tempozan Ferris Wheel

1
day
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 17th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street, take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, then wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Kobe Harborland.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kobe tour planner.

Kobe is just a short distance from Osaka. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

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

1
night
Osaka

Osaka
To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kobe. Expect slightly colder evenings in Osaka when traveling from Kobe in October, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

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.
You've added Arashiyama, Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Gion Corner, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninna-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenryuji Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Arashiyama. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally catch a live performance at Gion Corner.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto vacation planner.

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

few
hours
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 20th (Sun): walk around Nara Park and then contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple.

Start your trip to Nara by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In October in Nara, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, Kuromon Market and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Explore Osaka further: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple and browse the eclectic array of goods at Shin-sekai market.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Nara to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nara in October since evenings lows in Osaka dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Kuromon Market ©
Kuromon Market

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