10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

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10 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Jakarta, Indonesia
Fly + Train:  14​h
1
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  30​min
3
Kobe
— 1 night
Train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Jakarta, Indonesia

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, take an in-depth tour of Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), then admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, then learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji.

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Jakarta, Indonesia to Takayama is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Jakarta to Takayama is 2 hours. Traveling from Jakarta in March, things will get colder in Takayama: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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.
Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Takenomichi in Muko--about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Gion, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Kyoto online journey maker .

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Kyoto are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Takenomichi
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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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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 12th (Thu): take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then steep yourself in history at Ishoan, then don't miss a visit to Nunohiki River Valley, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic Kobe Chuo Church.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kobe trip planning website .

Kobe is just a short distance from Kyoto. March in Kobe sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Catholic Kobe Chuo Church ©
Catholic Kobe Chuo Church
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

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.
Step out of Osaka with an excursion to Himeji Castle in Himeji--about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, wander the streets of Dotonbori, look for gifts at Shimada Shoten, and examine the collection at Mizuno Sportology Gallery.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip planner .

Osaka is very close to Kobe. In March in Osaka, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

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

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