10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

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10 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + bus:  10​h
1
Kobe
— 1 night
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
3
Nara
— 1 night
train:  45​min
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Singapore

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 25th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Rokkosan Field Athletic, then deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, and then take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kobe online sightseeing planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Kobe is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Kobe is 1 hour. Traveling from Singapore in October, expect Kobe to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
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4
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, wander the streets of Gion, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto route planner .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Kobe. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and finally make a trip to Daibutsuden.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Nara road trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In October, daytime highs in Nara are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) 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.
Take a break from Osaka with a short trip to Himeji Castle in Himeji, about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take a stroll through Dotonbori, and examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip planner.

Take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nara in October since evenings lows in Osaka dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to 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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