9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
1
Osaka
— 1 night
Drive
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Koya-cho
— 1 night
Drive
4
Kochi
— 1 night
Fly
5
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
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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 1st (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle and then wander the streets of Dotombori District. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary website.

Manila, Philippines to Osaka is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Traveling from Manila to Osaka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Manila in December; daily highs in Osaka reach 13°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

3
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nanzen-ji Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto journey maker tool.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

1
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Koya-cho

Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, then stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-in Temple.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Koya-cho trip planner.

Drive from Kyoto to Koya-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. December in Koya-cho sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kochi.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

1
night
Kochi

The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
On the 7th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Chikurinji Temple and then explore the historical opulence of Kochi Castle.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kochi holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Koya-cho to Kochi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Koya-cho in December, plan for little chillier nights in Kochi, with lows around 4°C. On the 7th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Kochi

Historic Sites

2
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): get outside with Yonehara Beach, head outdoors with Cape Hirakubozaki, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, then look for gifts at Yurateiku Market, and finally kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach. On your second day here, see what's hidden on the seafloor at Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour.

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Traveling by flight from Kochi to Ishigaki takes 6.5 hours. When traveling from Kochi in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Ishigaki, with highs around 26°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.