11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly + train:  9​h 30​min
1
Kyoto
— 1 day
train:  30​min
2
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  2​h
4
Toyooka
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Himeji
— Few hours
train:  30​min
6
Kobe
— Few hours
train:  30​min
7
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
8
Nara
— 1 day
train:  30​min
9
Osaka
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Bangkok

1
day
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.
You've now added Kiyomizu-dera Temple to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): get great views at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, don't miss a visit to Nene-no-Michi, stroll through Maruyama Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chionin Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki).

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Bangkok, Thailand to Kyoto is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 2 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Bangkok in April, with highs in Kyoto at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nishiki Market Shopping District ©
Nishiki Market Shopping District
Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki) ©

4
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.
You've now added Umeda Sky Building to your itinerary. Do your shopping at Shinsaibashi and Minami (Namba). Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum and Koyasan Okunoin are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Koya-cho (Mount Koyasan & Kongobu-ji Temple). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Spa World, get your game on at Video Game Bar Space Station, take in panoramic vistas at Tsutenkaku, and get a taste of the local shopping with Nipponbashi Denden Town.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka day trip planner.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In April, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
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Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

1
night
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kinkaku-ji as well as Tenryuji Temple. On the 30th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenryuji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and then explore the historical opulence of Nijo-jo Castle.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto holiday planning tool .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Tenryuji Temple ©
Tenryuji Temple

1
night
Toyooka

A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens and then take some stellar pictures from Street of Kinosaki Onsen.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Toyooka vacation app .

Drive from Kyoto to Toyooka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Himeji.

Things to do in Toyooka

Baths Spas Historic Sites
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Onsen Resorts
Street of Kinosaki Onsen ©
Street of Kinosaki Onsen

few
hours
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.
To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Himeji tour itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Toyooka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. May in Himeji sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Museums
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Himeji CityMuseum of Art ©
Himeji CityMuseum of Art

few
hours
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 1st (Tue), take a stroll around Kobe City Hall (Observation Deck), then get a taste of the local shopping with Kobe Harborland, then take in panoramic vistas at Kobe Port Tower, and finally wander the streets of Chinatown (Nankinmachi).

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kobe trip itinerary builder tool .

Kobe is just a short distance from Himeji. In May, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods Shopping
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Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary tool .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In April, daytime highs in Osaka are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

1
day
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 27th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakushiji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shinyakushiji Temple, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Harushika Brewery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nara holiday planner .

Nara is just a stone's throw from Osaka. Traveling from Osaka in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nara, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Parks

Side Trip

Horyu-ji Temple
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Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Yakushi-ji Temple ©
Yakushi-ji Temple

1
night
Osaka

Osaka
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Dotonbori and Midosuji Street. Venture out of the city with trips to Rinku Premium Outlets (in Izumisano) and Cup Noodle Mueseum (in Ikeda). Enjoy Osaka some more: take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, see the interesting displays at Kids Plaza Osaka, and don't miss a visit to Hōzen-ji Temple.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka tour planner .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. You'll set off for home on the 5th (Sat).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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