8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Osaka
— 2 nights
2
Himeji
— 1 night
3
Kobe
— 1 day
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
5
Nara
— 1 day
6
Osaka
— 2 nights

2
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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 Umeda Sky Building as well as Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the views from Tazaemon Bridge and then take a stroll through Dotombori District.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka online road trip planner.

Tokyo to Osaka is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Osaka are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Neighborhoods
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Umeda Sky Building ©
Umeda Sky Building
Kuchu Teien Observatory ©
Kuchu Teien Observatory

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night
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nishi no Maru. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, steep yourself in history at Himeji Castle, thenadmire the natural beauty at Koko-en, thenmake a trip to Shoshazan Ropeway, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Himeji tour itinerary site.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Osaka in July, you will find days in Himeji are little chillier (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Kobe.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

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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.
On the 21st (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Ashiya Rock Garden, take in nature's colorful creations at Rokko Alpine Garden, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kobe Municipal Arboretum, head outdoors with Suma Beach, thenadmire the striking features of Former Foreign Settlement 15bankan, and finally make a trip to The Former Foreign Settlement of Kobe.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kobe itinerary planner.

You can drive from Himeji to Kobe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daytime highs in Kobe are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Ashiya Rock Garden
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Rokko Alpine Garden ©
Rokko Alpine Garden
Kobe Muslim Mosque ©
Kobe Muslim Mosque
Ashiya Rock Garden ©
Ashiya Rock Garden

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nights
Osaka

Osaka
For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka tour planner.

Drive from Kobe to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kobe in July, you will find days in Osaka are somewhat warmer (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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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.
On the 23rd (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally get engrossed in the history at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Nara holiday builder website.

You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall ©
Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple

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Osaka

Osaka ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mt. Koya. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, snap pictures at Tazaemon Bridge, don't miss a visit to Hōzen-ji Temple, snap pictures at Fukari Bridge, thensee the interesting displays at Modern Transportation Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Umekita Hiroba. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishinomiya Shrine, examine the collection at Koshien History Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Rokko Alpine Garden, thenexamine the collection at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kobe Muslim Mosque.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

Kobe, Nishinomiya, Mt. Koya
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Rokko Alpine Garden ©
Rokko Alpine Garden
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Nishinomiya Shrine ©
Nishinomiya Shrine

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