10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

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10 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Jakarta
+2
Fly + bus + train:  13​h 45​min
1
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Shirakawa-mura
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
5
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Jakarta

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Higashichaya Old Town. On the 15th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then walk around Kenrokuen Garden, and finally take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip site .

Jakarta, Indonesia to Kanazawa is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from West Indonesia Time (WIB) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 2 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Jakarta in January, with highs in Kanazawa at 7°C and lows at 0°C. On the 16th (Thu), you're off toShirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

few
hours
Shirakawa-mura

Shirakawa-mura ©
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Tenshukakau Observatory and then don't miss a visit to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Shirakawa-mura trip planner .

You can drive from Kanazawa to Shirakawa-mura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites
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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.
On the 16th (Thu), take in the views from Nakabashi Bridge.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Takayama trip app .

Traveling by car from Shirakawa-mura to Takayama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Takayama, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

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 17th (Fri): have some family-friendly fun at Arashiyama Authentic Maiko Experience Studio Kokoro. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then have some family-friendly fun at Maiko and Geisha Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip site .

You can drive from Takayama to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Takayama in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 10°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Fun & Games Theme Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Toei Kyoto Studio Park ©
Toei Kyoto Studio Park
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Mt. Kongo, Kuchu Teien Observatory, Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai), and other attractions. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Himeji (Koko-en Garden & Himeji Castle) and Nara (Nara Park & Kofuku-ji Temple). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, wander the streets of Dotonbori, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Himeji, Nara, Kobe, Mt. Kongo
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Mt. Kongo ©
Mt. Kongo

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