9 days in Kobe, Kyoto & Nagoya Itinerary

9 days in Kobe, Kyoto & Nagoya Itinerary

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9 days in Kobe, Kyoto & Nagoya Itinerary

Start: Osaka
bus:  30​min
1
Kobe
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
3
Nagoya
— 3 nights
End: Nagoya

2
nights
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 16th (Mon), admire the verdant scenery at Arima Onsen, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikuta Shrine, then shop like a local with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and finally take a stroll through Kobe Harborland.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kobe holiday tool .

Osaka to Kobe is an approximately half hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Tue) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods Shopping Baths
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Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland

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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle will appeal to history buffs. Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Gion are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center & Nara Park). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Kyoto National Museum, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, examine the collection at Kaleidoscope Museum of Kyoto, and make a trip to Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find maps and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto attractions planner .

Kyoto is very close to Kobe. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for the train ride to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nara
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

3
nights
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.
Tokugawa Art Museum and Kurokabe Square will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Atsuta Jingu Shrine and Ise Shrine Geku are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagoya: Ise (Okageza, Ise Grand Shrine, & more), Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail (in Nakatsugawa) and Nakasendo Tsumagojuku (in Nagiso-machi). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Sakae, make a trip to Nagoya Castle, explore the historical opulence of Hikone Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hosho-in (Osu Kannon).

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nagoya trip builder website .

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major airports are Chubu Centrair International Airport, Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport and Osaka International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Ise, Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail, Nakasendo Tsumagojuku
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Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Tokugawa Art Museum ©
Tokugawa Art Museum
Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku

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