4 days in Japan Itinerary

4 days in Japan Itinerary

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4 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Cebu City, Cebu Island
Fly + bus:  6​h
1
Kobe
— Few hours
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  45​min
3
Nara
— 1 night
train:  45​min
4
Osaka
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Cebu City, Cebu Island

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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.
For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Kobe tour planner.

Cebu City, Philippines to Kobe is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Philippines Time (PHT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Cebu City in September, expect nights in Kobe to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are little chillier, around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.
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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto attractions planning site .

Kyoto is very close to Kobe. Traveling from Kobe in September, Kyoto is a bit cooler at night with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Heian Shrine ©
Heian Shrine

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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 29th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Todai-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nara tour itinerary 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. September in Nara sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to 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

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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.
To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Osaka day trip planning site .

Take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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