9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  8​h
1
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  1​h
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
3
Nagano
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Toyama
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Yamanashi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
7
Osaka
— Few hours
Fly:  7​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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Tennoji Park, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Kuromon Ichiba Market, and finally make a trip to Shinsaibashisuji Shopping Arcade. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, and then take some stellar pictures from Sakai City Hall Observatory Flour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka holiday planner.

Manila, Philippines to Osaka is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manila to Osaka. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Manila in October; daily highs in Osaka reach 27°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara Park, Sakai City Hall Observatory Flour
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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 12th (Thu), admire the striking features of Kyoto Station Building. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Kifune Shrine, don't miss a visit to Bamboo Forest Street, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tōji-in Temple, then find something for the whole family at Toei Kyoto Studio Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari Taisha.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Kyoto vacation planner.

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Nagano.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
night
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nagano custom trip planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Nagano in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kyoto in October; daily highs in Nagano reach 22°C and lows reach 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Toyama.

Things to do in Nagano

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

1
night
Toyama

Toyama ©
The center of Japan's pharmaceutical industry, the city of Toyama draws visitors with its scenic surroundings overlooked by the Japan Alps.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Gassho Zukuri Minka-en.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Toyama sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Nagano to Toyama in an hour. Another option is to drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yamanashi.

Things to do in Toyama

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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1
night
Yamanashi

Yamanashi ©
To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Yamanashi vacation builder.

Explore your travel options from Toyama to Yamanashi with the Route module. Traveling from Toyama in October, expect nights in Yamanashi to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanashi

Theme Parks Nature Parks

Side Trips

Fuji-Q Highland, Shosenkyo
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Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland
Shosenkyo ©
Shosenkyo

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
On the 17th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Central Railway Station, make a trip to Hachiko, and then make a trip to Shibuya Pedestrian Scramble.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yamanashi to Tokyo. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yamanashi in October: highs in Tokyo hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Sanrio Puroland, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Tokyo DisneySea
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Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka

few
hours
Osaka

Osaka
To see reviews and more tourist information, read Osaka trip planner.

You can fly from Tokyo to Osaka in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. On the 19th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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