8 days in Japan & Manila Itinerary

8 days in Japan & Manila Itinerary

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8 days in Japan & Manila Itinerary

Start: Manila, Philippines
1
Manila, Philippines
— 1 day
Fly:  7​h 30​min
2
Osaka, Japan
— 1 night
train:  45​min
3
Nara, Japan
— 1 night
train:  45​min
4
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Manila, Philippines

1
day
Manila, Philippines

Manila ©
The capital of the Philippines and the "Pearl of the Orient," Manila truly resembles a gem: rough on the outside, but glittering within.
On the 26th (Thu), walk around Fort Santiago, walk around Rizal Park, then take a stroll through Intramuros, and finally explore the world behind art at San Agustin Church.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Manila tour itinerary maker tool .

If you are flying in from Philippines, the closest major airports are Ninoy Aquino International Airport and Diosdado Macapagal International Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Manila

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Fort Santiago ©
Fort Santiago
Rizal Park ©
Rizal Park
San Agustin Church ©
San Agustin Church

1
night
Osaka, Japan

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): shop like a local with Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Osaka vacation app .

You can fly from Manila to Osaka in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manila to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manila in December, expect Osaka to be much colder, temps between 13°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
Nara, Japan

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 29th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, stroll around Nara Park, then examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Todai-ji Temple.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nara attractions planning app .

You can take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Nara sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

4
nights
Kyoto, Japan

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, and take a stroll through Gion.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto route website .

Take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

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