9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Beijing
Fly + train:  6​h 30​min
1
Nagoya
— 1 night
train:  45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kobe
— 1 night
train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Beijing

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Makinogaike Ryokuchi, step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, then admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Nagoya trip planner.

Beijing, China to Nagoya is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from China Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Beijing in November, expect Nagoya to be somewhat warmer, temps between 16°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Tokugawa Art Museum ©
Tokugawa Art Museum

3
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.
Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kinkaku-ji. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Nara to see Todai-ji Temple about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, and walk around Yodoryokuchi Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto tour planner .

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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 7th (Thu), shop like a local with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), explore the striking landscape of Kobe Municipal Arboretum, take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, then appreciate the views at Arima Onsen, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Kazefukiiwa.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kobe trip itinerary maker app .

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In November, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland

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.
Visiting Nara Park and Mt. Koya will get you outdoors. Visit Himeji Castle and Koyasan Okunoin for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Kasuga Grand Shrine (in Nara) and Katsuragi Highlands (in Gose). The adventure continues: shop like a local with Dotonbori and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka day trip planning tool .

Osaka is very close to Kobe. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Himeji Castle, Katsuragi Highlands
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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