9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  45​min
2
Nara
— 1 night
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  15​min
5
Hatsukaichi
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Manila, Luzon

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and then shop like a local with Dotonbori.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary planner .

Manila, Philippines to Osaka is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Philippines Time (PHT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Manila in September, with highs in Osaka at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, walk around Nara Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Nara trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple

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 16th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and finally make a trip to Gion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto sightseeing planner .

Traveling by train from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Traveling from Nara in September, expect little chillier with lows of 23°C in Kyoto. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip website .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan

1
night
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine Torii, then stroll through Miyajima, and finally kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hatsukaichi trip planner.

Hatsukaichi is just a short distance from Hiroshima. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Miyajima ©
Miyajima

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, steep yourself in history at Nanzoin, then get to know the fascinating history of Yoshinogari Historical Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyajidake Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tochoji Temple, buy something for everyone on your list at JR Hakata City Amu Plaza Hakata, and then head off the coast to Nokonoshima Island.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Fukuoka online trip maker .

You can take a train from Hatsukaichi to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Nanzoin, Yoshinogari Historical Park, Miyajidake Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Yoshinogari Historical Park ©
Yoshinogari Historical Park
Nanzoin ©
Nanzoin
Miyajidake Shrine ©
Miyajidake Shrine

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