8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Osaka
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Osaka
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Wakayama
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Kuwana
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Shirahama-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Taiji-cho
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h
6
Tanabe
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
End: Osaka

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Yuasa Shoyu. On the 25th (Wed), wander the streets of Dotonbori, look for gifts at Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori, then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, and finally get behind the scenes at Yuasa Shoyu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe and then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Wakayama.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Yuasa Shoyu
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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Wakayama

Wakayama
Split into two parts by the Kinokawa River, the city of Wakayama stands nestled in the eponymous plain, overlooked by a historic hilltop castle that was rebuilt after World War II.
To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Wakayama driving holiday app .

You can take a train from Osaka to Wakayama in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. On the 27th (Fri), you'll travel to Kuwana.

Things to do in Wakayama

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Kuwana

Kuwana ©
The historic town of Kuwana stands as one of the 53 post stations that dotted the route between Kyoto and Edo (as Tokyo was then known) during the Edo period.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ruins of Kuwana Castle(Kyuka Park), revel in the low prices at Mitsui Outlet Park Jazz Dream Nagashima, have fun and explore at Nagoya Anpan-man Kodomo Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Nabana no Sato, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kuwana trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Wakayama to Kuwana in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In December in Kuwana, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Shirahama-cho.

Things to do in Kuwana

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Nabana no Sato ©
Nabana no Sato
Spas
Mitsui Outlet Park Jazz Dream Nagashima ©

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nights
Shirahama-cho

Shirahama-cho ©
A popular resort town with many hot springs and long, man-made white sand beaches, Shirahama-cho draws scores of tourists.
Minakata Kumagusu Museum has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): examine the collection at Kao Eco Lab Museum. On your second day here, get outside with Marucho, then examine the collection at Minakata Kumagusu Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at Takahara Kirinosato.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Shirahama-cho road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Kuwana to Shirahama-cho takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Taiji-cho.

Things to do in Shirahama-cho

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Nachikatsura-cho, Tanabe, Kao Eco Lab Museum
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
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Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple
Takahara Kirinosato ©
Takahara Kirinosato
Minakata Kumagusu Museum ©
Minakata Kumagusu Museum

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Taiji-cho

Taiji-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Hashigui Rock, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kajitorizaki, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Taiji-cho trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Shirahama-cho to Taiji-cho by car takes about 2.5 hours. December in Taiji-cho sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Tanabe.

Things to do in Taiji-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kumano Hayatama Taisha, Hashigui Rock
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Hashigui Rock ©
Hashigui Rock
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha

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Tanabe

Tanabe ©
Considered a holy space where the gods once lived, the city of Tanabe teems with spiritual, cultural, and natural beauty.
On the 1st (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of 十丈峠 Kumano Kodo Trail and then hike along Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tanabe trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Taiji-cho to Tanabe by car takes about 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Tanabe

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

十丈峠 Kumano Kodo Trail
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:
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十丈峠 Kumano Kodo Trail ©
十丈峠 Kumano Kodo Trail

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