7 days in Japan Itinerary

7 days in Japan Itinerary

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7 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Fukuoka
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Miyazu
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Nara
— 1 night
train:  45​min
5
Osaka
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Manila, Luzon

1
night
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Nanzoin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tochoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine, then browse the different shops at JR Hakata City Amu Plaza Hakata, and finally make a trip to Hakata Station.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Fukuoka route planner.

Manila, Philippines to Fukuoka is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manila to Fukuoka is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Manila in October; daily highs in Fukuoka reach 27°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Nanzoin
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JR Hakata City Amu Plaza Hakata ©
JR Hakata City Amu Plaza Hakata
Nanzoin ©
Nanzoin
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine

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 6th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Ninna-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenryuji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, then steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, and finally take a stroll through Pontocho. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanzen-in Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Nanzen-ji Temple.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto road trip planning app .

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Miyazu.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Kodai-ji Temple ©
Kodai-ji Temple

1
night
Miyazu

Miyazu ©
Though home to one of Japan's long-admired "three views," few people know Miyazu by name.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Yosano Town Ancient Tomb Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chion-ji Temple, then stroll around Kasamatsu Park, then take in the pleasant sights at Amanohashidate, and finally learn about winemaking at Amanohashidate Winery.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Miyazu trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Kyoto to Miyazu in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in October: highs in Miyazu hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Miyazu

Parks Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yosano Town Ancient Tomb Park
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Amanohashidate ©
Amanohashidate
Chion-ji Temple ©
Chion-ji Temple
Kasamatsu Park ©
Kasamatsu Park

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 9th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Byodoin, admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nara road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Miyazu to Nara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Miyazu in October, with highs in Nara at 27°C and lows at 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Byodoin
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Byodoin ©
Byodoin
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, then browse the different shops at Universal City Walk Osaka, then don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, and finally shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Main Store.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Osaka day trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nara in October since evenings lows in Osaka dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Historic Sites
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Universal City Walk Osaka ©
Universal City Walk Osaka
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho

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