10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

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10 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Boracay
+3
ferry + foot + Fly + bus:  9​h 15​min
1
Kobe
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Nara
— 1 night
train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  9​h
End: Boracay

3
nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Uzunomichi and Awaji Highway Oasis. Step off the beaten path and head to Otsuka Museum of Art and Takeda Castle Ruins. Get out of town with these interesting Kobe side-trips: Awaji Farm Park England Hill (in Minamiawaji), Naruto (Onaruto Bridge & Naruto Strait) and Himeji (Kokoen Garden & Shoshazan Engyoji). There's lots more to do: appreciate the views at Arima Onsen, take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Garden, take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, and take in panoramic vistas at Kobe City Hall (Observation Deck).

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kobe trip itinerary maker .

Boracay, Philippines to Kobe is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of ferry, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of ferry, flight, and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Boracay to Kobe is 1 hour. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Boracay in December, with highs in Kobe at 13°C and lows at 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Naruto, Himeji, Awaji Farm Park England Hill, Takeda Castle Ruins, Awaji Highway Oasis
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Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Awaji Farm Park England Hill ©
Awaji Farm Park England Hill
Awaji Highway Oasis ©
Awaji Highway Oasis

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 30th (Sun), make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yasaka Shrine, then stroll through Kodai-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenryuji Temple. On your second day here, take a stroll through Pontocho, don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden, then steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Byodoin.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto route planner .

Kyoto is very close to Kobe. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Byodoin
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Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Shosei-en Garden ©
Shosei-en Garden
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nara tour itinerary builder website .

Nara is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In December in Nara, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Mt. Wakakusa ©
Mt. Wakakusa
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

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.
On the 2nd (Wed), wander the streets of Minami (Namba), then don't miss a visit to Abeno Harukas, then find something for the whole family at SpaWorld, and finally take some stellar pictures from Tempozan Ferris Wheel. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Expo '70 Commemorative Park, then admire the landmark architecture of Tsutenkaku, and then make a trip to Shinsekai.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Osaka journey planner.

Osaka is just a short distance from Nara. In January, daytime highs in Osaka are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Spas Baths Theme Parks

Side Trip

Expo '70 Commemorative Park
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SpaWorld ©
SpaWorld
Expo '70 Commemorative Park ©
Expo '70 Commemorative Park
Tsutenkaku ©
Tsutenkaku

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