7 days in Japan Itinerary

7 days in Japan Itinerary

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7 days in Japan Itinerary

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

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 5th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka online trip itinerary builder .

Manila, Philippines to Osaka is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Philippines Time (PHT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Manila in October: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 26°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©

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 6th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Byodoin, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Nara road trip tool .

Take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. October in Nara sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Miyazu.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Byodoin
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Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Byodoin ©
Byodoin
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-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 7th (Mon): walk around Kasamatsu Park, take in the pleasant sights at Amanohashidate, and then look for gifts at Surumeya.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Miyazu trip planner .

Drive from Nara to Miyazu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, Miyazu is slightly colder than Nara - with highs of 23°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Miyazu

Parks Nature Shopping
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Amanohashidate ©
Amanohashidate
Surumeya ©
Surumeya
Kasamatsu Park ©
Kasamatsu Park

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 (Tue), steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Gion, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Miyazu to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Miyazu in October, you will find days in Kyoto are somewhat warmer (27°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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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 10th (Thu): head off the coast to Nokonoshima Island, then buy something for everyone on your list at JR Hakata City Amu Plaza Hakata, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kushida Shrine.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Fukuoka trip planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Fukuoka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks Nature Shopping
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Nokonoshima Island ©
Nokonoshima Island
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine
JR Hakata City Amu Plaza Hakata ©
JR Hakata City Amu Plaza Hakata

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