8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly + train:  9​h 30​min
1
Nara
— 1 night
train:  45​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
3
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Bangkok

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Naramachi.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Nara visit planning tool .

Bangkok, Thailand to Nara is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bangkok to Nara. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Bangkok in March: high temperatures in Nara hover around 16°C and lows are around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tenri
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Naramachi ©
Naramachi
Tenrikyo Church ©
Tenrikyo Church
Shoryakuji Temple ©
Shoryakuji Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and then head outdoors with Takatsuki Forest Center. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Fushimi Sake Village, then wander the streets of Fushimi Suigo, then make a trip to Hyakujoyama Sekiho Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Komyoin.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto tour itinerary app .

You can take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nara in March since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Takatsuki Forest Center
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Ieshima Islands, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, and then don't miss a visit to Viewing Deck, Himeji Station Square.

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

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Mt. Takamikura
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Ieshima Islands ©
Ieshima Islands

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Kinpusenji Temple and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yoshino. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Chikurinin Gumpoen, appreciate the views at Katsuragi Highlands, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kongo.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary builder tool .

You can take a train from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yoshino-cho, Mt. Kongo, Tombo Ike Park, Katsuragi Highlands
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Mt. Yoshino ©
Mt. Yoshino
Kinpusenji Temple ©
Kinpusenji Temple
Tombo Ike Park ©
Tombo Ike Park

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