10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

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10 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Jakarta, Indonesia
Fly + Bus:  11​h
1
Kobe
— 1 night
Train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Shirakawa
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 30​min
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Jakarta, Indonesia

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 7th (Sat): wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, don't miss a visit to Ishoan, then make a trip to Nunohiki River Valley, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Kobe Chuo Church.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Kobe online trip itinerary builder .

Jakarta, Indonesia to Kobe is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or fly. Traveling from Jakarta to Kobe, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jakarta in March, things will get much colder in Kobe: highs are around 14°C and lows about 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

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

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.
On the 8th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then trek along Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and finally make a trip to Gion.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel route planning tool .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Kobe. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, then don't miss a visit to Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), then get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and finally make a trip to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): head outdoors with Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha, take an in-depth tour of Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), then examine the collection at Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), and finally admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Takayama trip planning tool .

You can drive from Kyoto to Takayama in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in March, plan for slightly colder days in Takayama, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

1
night
Shirakawa

Shirakawa ©
Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Kominejo Catsle History Museum, explore the historical opulence of Komine Castle Remains, explore the activities along Yukiwari Canyon, then stroll around Shirakawa Sekinomori Park, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Suirakuen.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Shirakawa trip maker app .

You can drive from Takayama to Shirakawa in 6.5 hours. March in Shirakawa sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Shirakawa

Parks Nature Museums
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Shirakawa Sekinomori Park ©
Shirakawa Sekinomori Park
Komine Castle Remains ©
Komine Castle Remains
Suirakuen ©
Suirakuen

2
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, wander the streets of Dotonbori, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Shirakawa to Osaka takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Shirakawa in March, with highs in Osaka at 16°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Himeji
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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