7 days in Japan Itinerary

7 days in Japan Itinerary

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7 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kobe
1
Kobe
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Nara
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Koya-cho
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
End: Kobe

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Garden, make a trip to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street, then wander the streets of Chinatown (Nankinmachi), and finally wander the streets of Kobe Harborland.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kobe sightseeing planner.

If you are flying in from Thailand, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Takamatsu Airport. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
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Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens ©
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens

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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.
On the 11th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Shosei-en Garden, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then wander the streets of Gion, and then make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto travel itinerary planner.

Kyoto is very close to Kobe. Traveling from Kobe in July, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 37°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Gion
Gion

3
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nara side-trips: Iga (Ueno Castle & Iga-ryu Ninja Museum) and Kaochidani Valley (in Nabari). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Todai-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Heijokyu Ruins, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and make a trip to Naramachi Koshino Ie.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nara holiday planner .

Nara is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In July, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Iga, Kaochidani Valley
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Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

few
hours
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Koya-cho vacation maker site .

Drive from Nara to Koya-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Koya-cho can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Mon) before leaving for home.
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Koyasan Station ©
Koyasan Station

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