10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

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10 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Osaka
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h
3
Okayama
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Toyooka
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
End: Osaka

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara Park (in Nara) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

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If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. December in Osaka sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Nara Park, Himeji Castle
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

3
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 8th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heian Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji and then go for a walk through Arashiyama.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto vacation maker site .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow time for the train ride to Okayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

1
night
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
On the 10th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle and then admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Okayama trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Kyoto to Okayama by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Okayama can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Toyooka.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Kurashiki
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Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art

1
night
Toyooka

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.
On the 12th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Izushi Castle Town, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hiyoshi Shrine, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Street of Kinosaki Onsen.

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You can drive from Okayama to Toyooka in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Toyooka

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

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), then wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, then don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka tour builder website .

Drive from Toyooka to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. When traveling from Toyooka in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Osaka, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara, Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
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Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Kuchu Teien Observatory ©
Kuchu Teien Observatory

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