9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Nagoya
— 1 night
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
3
Nara
— 1 night
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
5
Kobe
— 1 night

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), step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, thenadmire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya trip builder website.

Singapore, Singapore to Nagoya is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Singapore in May: highs in Nagoya hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums 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): steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, thenstep into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally take a stroll through Gion.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel planner.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagoya in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive 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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple, thensee the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, thenwalk around Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Nara trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kyoto in May since evenings lows in Nara dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive 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 much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, wander the streets of Dotombori District, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Osaka travel route planner.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Osaka when traveling from Nara in May, with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

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

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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.
On the 9th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, thendeepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, and then wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

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Drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Osaka in May, expect nights in Kobe to be about the same, around °C, while days are a bit cooler, around °C. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kobe

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

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