9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + train:  10​h
1
Nagoya
— 1 night
train:  45​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
3
Nara
— 1 night
train:  45​min
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
5
Kobe
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  10​h
End: Singapore

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.
On the 2nd (Sat), don't miss a visit to Nagoya Castle, then see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nagoya trip itinerary planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Nagoya is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Nagoya. Traveling from Singapore in May, expect nights in Nagoya to be slightly colder, around 20°C, while days are colder, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally wander the streets of Gion.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip builder app .

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagoya in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
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.
On the 5th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then stroll around Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nara route builder app .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nara, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Himeji (Nagoyama Reien Busharito, Himeji Castle, & more). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, and examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka journey website .

You can take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nara in May since evenings lows in Osaka dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

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Himeji
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, and then shop like a local with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kobe online attractions planner .

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Osaka. When traveling from Osaka in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Kobe, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum

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