13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  3​h
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
3
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Tottori
— Few hours
train:  6​h 45​min
5
Tokyo
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
6
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
bus + train:  7​h 30​min
7
Nara
— 1 night
train:  1​h
8
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Manila, Luzon

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.
You've added Osaka City Central Hall, Mint Museum, Osaka Castle, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): get answers to all your questions at Kansai Tourist Information Center, Kansai International Airport, don't miss a visit to Shinsekai, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, and finally admire the striking features of Tsutenkaku. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Shitennoji Temple, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then examine the collection at Mint Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Osaka City Central Hall.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka tour itinerary planning website .

Manila, Philippines to Osaka is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Manila to Osaka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Manila in October, with highs in Osaka at 26°C and lows at 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kansai Tourist Information Center, Kansai International Airport
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Mint Museum ©
Mint Museum
Shitennoji ©
Shitennoji

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): explore the activities along Kamogawa River, explore the world behind art at Forever Museum of Contemporary Art, then see the interesting displays at Kyoto Railway Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then get great views at Mt. Kurama, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Yase Momiji no Komichi.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip maker app .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

1
night
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 29th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Japan Toy Museum, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then step off the mainland to explore Ieshima Islands, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagoyama Reien Busharito.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Himeji driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October in Himeji, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Wed) before leaving for Tottori.

Things to do in Himeji

Nature Parks Museums
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Ieshima Islands ©
Ieshima Islands
Nagoyama Reien Busharito ©
Nagoyama Reien Busharito
Japan Toy Museum ©
Japan Toy Museum

few
hours
Tottori

Tottori
A highlight of the west of the country, Tottori sits along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): stroll through Tottori Sand Dunes and then engage your brain at Tottori Sand Dune Geopark Center.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tottori trip planner .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Tottori takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Himeji in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Tottori. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Tottori

Nature Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mitokusan Sanbutuji Temple, Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore
Find places to stay Oct 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Mitokusan Sanbutuji Temple
Mitokusan Sanbutuji Temple

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.
Sensō-ji and Tokyo National Museum will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park) and Mt. Takao. There's more to do: wander the streets of Odaiba and get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip website .

You can fly from Tottori to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mt. Takao
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 2:
Highlights from your plan
Ueno ©
Ueno
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

1
night
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi road trip planning website .

You can drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 11°C. You'll set off for Nara on the 3rd (Sun).

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 3:

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.
On the 3rd (Sun), pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hokke-do, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then sample the tasty concoctions at Harushika Brewery, and finally take an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nara road trip planning site .

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Nara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in November: highs in Nara hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Toshodaiji Temple ©
Toshodaiji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
On the 4th (Mon), stop by Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori and then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Osaka road trip website .

Take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

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