58 days in Japan Itinerary

58 days in Japan Itinerary

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58 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Jeddah
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 13 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kobe
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Nara
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Wakayama
— 1 night
train:  2​h
5
Kyoto
— 32 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Nagahama
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Jeddah

13
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Mt. Kongo, Oiseki Park, Daiitokuji Temple, and other attractions. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tempozan Ferris Wheel and Minoo Park. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take a stroll through Dotonbori, and shop like a local with Minami (Namba).

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Osaka travel route site .

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Osaka is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Jeddah to Osaka. In March, Osaka is cooler than Jeddah - with highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C. On the 13th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kishiwada, Mino, Satsukiyama Park, Hoshi no Buranko Bridge, Mt. Kongo
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Tempozan Ferris Wheel ©
Tempozan Ferris Wheel

5
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Takeda Castle Ruins, Shoshazan Ropeway, Koko-en, and other attractions. Step off the beaten path and head to Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens and Kobe Harborland. There's more to do: admire the sheer force of Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki).

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kobe trip itinerary maker .

Kobe is just a short distance from Osaka. While traveling from Osaka, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kobe, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Himeji, Takeda Castle Ruins
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Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki) ©
Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki)
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens ©
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

3
nights
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Yakushi-ji Temple, Heijo Palace Museum, Kasuga Grand Shrine, and other attractions. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nigatsu-do Temple and Horyu-ji Temple. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Nara journey planner.

Traveling by car from Kobe to Nara takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You'll set off for Wakayama on the 21st (Wed).

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Horyu-ji Temple
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Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple

1
night
Wakayama

Wakayama ©
Split into two parts by the Kinokawa River, the city of Wakayama stands nestled in the eponymous plain, overlooked by a historic hilltop castle that was rebuilt after World War II.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Koyasan Reihokan Museum, Koyasan Daishi Kyokai, Mt. Koya, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koyasan Daishi Kyokai, examine the collection at Koyasan Reihokan Museum, then make a trip to Wakayama Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kimiidera Temple.

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

Getting from Nara to Wakayama by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. April in Wakayama sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Wakayama

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Koya-cho
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Kimiidera Temple ©
Kimiidera Temple
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

32
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Chiso Gallery, Maiko Transformation Studio Shiki, Genkoan, and other attractions. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ninna-ji Temple and Kyoto Botanical Garden. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Uji River in Uji--about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Gion, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner.

Take a train from Wakayama to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 24th (Mon), you're off toNagahama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Uji, Miyazu, Daitokuji Temple, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Find places to stay Apr 22 — May 24:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nanzen-ji Temple ©
Nanzen-ji Temple

1
night
Nagahama

Nagahama ©
Rising to prominence under feudal rule in the 16th century, the city of Nagahama sits in the northeast Shiga Prefecture, on the shores of Lake Biwa.
To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nagahama trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Kyoto to Nagahama in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Kyoto in April, expect nights in Nagahama to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nagahama

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hikone Castle, Lake Biwa
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Lake Biwa ©
Lake Biwa
Hikone Castle ©
Hikone Castle
Chikubushima ©
Chikubushima

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