14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly + Bus:  10 h
1
Kobe
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Himeji
— Few hours
Train:  1 h
3
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
4
Uji
— Few hours
Train:  30 min
5
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
6
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  3 h
7
Gero
— 1 night
train:  2 h 30 min
8
Nagoya
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
9
Takayama
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
10
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Train:  3 h
11
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
12
Wakayama
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
13
Osaka
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  9 h
End: Bangkok

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.
You've added Kobe Harborland, Machikado Amusement Park Mosaic Garden, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kobe driving holiday planning website.

Bangkok, Thailand to Kobe is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bangkok to Kobe due to the time zone difference. In April, Kobe is colder than Bangkok - with highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Tue) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Shukugawa Park, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
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Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland
Shukugawa Park ©
Shukugawa Park
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge ©
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

few
hours
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Himeji Castle. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle and then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Himeji road trip planning tool.

Himeji is very close to Kobe. In April in Himeji, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Arashiyama. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Uji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama
Togetsukyo Bridge ©
Togetsukyo Bridge

few
hours
Uji

Uji ©
Lying between Kyoto and Nara, the small city of Uji stands as a place of culture and history.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Murasaki Shikibu Statue as well as Byodoin. On the 8th (Wed), pause for some photo ops at Murasaki Shikibu Statue, then steep yourself in history at Byodoin, and then get to know the fascinating history of Byodoin Omote-sando.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Uji journey builder app.

Uji is very close to Kyoto. In April, daytime highs in Uji are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Uji

Historic Sites
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Byodoin Omote-sando ©
Byodoin Omote-sando
Byodoin ©
Byodoin
Murasaki Shikibu Statue ©
Murasaki Shikibu Statue

1
night
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): browse the different shops at Kyoto Station Building.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto tour site.

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Uji. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Shopping Neighborhoods
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Nishiki Market Shopping District ©
Nishiki Market Shopping District
Gion
Gion
Philosopher's Walk ©
Philosopher's Walk

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.
To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary builder tool.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In April, daytime highs in Osaka are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Fri) before leaving for Gero.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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1
night
Gero

Gero ©
Gero is a city in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kaeru Shrine. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): examine the collection at Gero Onsen Gassho Village and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaeru Shrine.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Gero trip planning app.

Drive from Osaka to Gero in 4 hours. When traveling from Osaka in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Gero: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 13°C at night. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nagoya.

Things to do in Gero

Museums Historic Sites
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Gero Onsen Gassho Village ©
Gero Onsen Gassho Village
Kaeru Shrine ©
Kaeru Shrine

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.
You've now added Oasis 21 to your itinerary. On the 11th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street, then browse the different shops at Oasis 21, and finally make a trip to Nagoya TV Tower.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagoya trip planning site.

You can drive from Gero to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Takayama.

Things to do in Nagoya

Shopping Historic Sites
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Oasis 21 ©
Oasis 21
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Osu Shopping Street ©
Osu Shopping Street

1
night
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
You've now added Sanmachi Suji to your itinerary. On the 12th (Sun), visit Sanmachi Suji, then steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, and then learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato).

Plan trip to Takayama with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Nagoya to Takayama by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 9°C in Takayama. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Mon) before leaving for Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and finally admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kanazawa trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. April in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Osaka.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

1
night
Osaka

Osaka ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street and Osaka Castle Park. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): walk around Osaka Castle Park, then see the interesting displays at Mint Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and finally visit Dotonbori.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip planning tool.

Getting from Kanazawa to Osaka by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 12°C in Osaka. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Wakayama.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
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Dotombori ©
Dotombori
Osaka Castle Park ©
Osaka Castle Park
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

1
night
Wakayama

Wakayama ©
Split into two parts by the Kinokawa River, the city of Wakayama stands nestled in the eponymous plain, overlooked by a historic hilltop castle that was rebuilt after World War II.
You've added Kuroshio Market, Aeon Mall Wakayama, Porto Europe, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 15th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Tama Museum Kishi Station, then explore the historical opulence of Wakayama Castle, then get in on the family fun at Porto Europe, and finally browse the different shops at Aeon Mall Wakayama.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Wakayama trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Osaka to Wakayama in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Wakayama

Shopping Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tama Museum Kishi Station
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Aeon Mall Wakayama ©
Aeon Mall Wakayama
Kimiidera Temple ©
Kimiidera Temple
Wakayama Castle ©
Wakayama Castle

1
night
Osaka

Osaka ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shinsekai as well as Universal Studios Japan. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): walk around Kemasakuranomiya Park, then stop by Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street, then make a trip to Shinsekai, and finally make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka itinerary maker site.

Take a train from Wakayama to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Shopping
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Tempozan Ferris Wheel ©
Tempozan Ferris Wheel
Kemasakuranomiya Park ©
Kemasakuranomiya Park

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