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Kanazawa has beautiful attractions such as Kenroku-en, Kanazawa Castle and Omicho Market – where you can have lunch. Another destination in Kanazawa, is Higashi Chaya area, the perfect place for you to enjoy a cup of tea from one of the many local tea shops here.
After a day out in Kanazawa, go back to JR Kanazawa Station to continue to Kyoto by Thunderbird Limited Express.
What to do in Japan in 10 days? — Day 7 and 8: Visiting Japa cannot be ignored in the ancient capital of Kyoto
Kyoto is a magical, wonderful city, filled with beauties as well as hidden cultural treasures and long-standing traditions of Japan. Kyoto is also a city with many fascinating historical sites, always keeping all visitors visiting. For those who come to Kyoto for the first time, there are 3 places that you definitely can’t ignore, namely Kinkaku-Ji Temple, Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shinto Shrine.
On the 7th day of Japan travel itinerary 10 days, you should visit Arashiyama area and Kinkaku-Ji Temple (Golden Pavilion Temple). This is a sightseeing spot for you to better understand the brilliant culture of the Muromachi period, along with the very unique architectural designs of Japanese people. Let’s visit Kinkakuji Temple in the morning, and you’ll feel the magnificent beauty of this architecture you should visit once in this life.
Address: 1 Kinkakujicho, Kita, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 603-8361, Japan
Ticket price: 400 yen for adults and 300 yen for students.
Opening hours: From 8:30 am to 5:30 pm daily
Getting there: The City Bus Stop Kinkakuji-mae / City Bus Stop Kingaku-ji-michi
After visiting Kinkakuji Temple, your next attraction in this self-sufficient Japanese travel itinerary is the Arashiyama area. Arashiyama is a suburban area located in the western part of Kyoto city, home to rich nature and long-standing historical monuments.
In the evening, spend your time to exploring Osaka at night and local delicacies, because this ancient city seems to be more vibrant, bustling and full of energy when it’s dark. Some Osaka delicacies you should try such as Okonomiyaki, Takoyaki and Kushikatsu. Hozanji Yokocho, Izakaya small alley located at the end of the main street Dotonbori, is also a great place to enjoy delicious food at night in Osaka.
On the next day, arrange a schedule to visiting Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.
Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine is home to numerous famous red torii gates. This place is always crowded and a bit far from other tourist destinations, so it is better if you go there early in the morning, especially if you like taking photos. The minimum time to visit is about 1 hour, maybe longer if you like to hang out or take pictures here.
Address: 68 Fukakusa Yabunouchicho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 612-0882, Japan
Hours: Open 24/7
After spending about an hour at Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, let’s go to Higashiyama, the historic protected area where Kiyomizudera temple is located and many other attractions. The temple is one of the oldest buildings still in existence in Japan to this day, and is known for its stunning wooden terrace.
Address: 294 Kiyomizu 1-chome, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0862, Japan
Tel: +81 75-551-1234
Ticket price: The general ticket is 300 yen.
Opening hours: From 6:00 to 18:00 daily.
Nearby there will be other attractions such as Gion district (famous for Geishas) and other temples, Ninenzaka (shopping street), etc. You can find souvenirs here.
Especially, if you love Japanese sweet food, especially Matcha, Kyoto is “holy place” for you to enjoy this dish. Visit a traditional teahouse and enjoy a cup of delicious Matcha parfait ice cream; because even for any self-sufficient Japanese travel itinerary, there will be “enough room for a Japanese-style Matcha dish”!
Two days can be quite few for you can feel and discover the delicate and traditional beauty of Kyoto; But above are suggestions of the most typical and main sights of the ancient capital.
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10 days in Japan suggested itinerary — Day 9: Nara
Nara is the capital of Japan from 710 to 794. Nara has a total of 8 world heritage sites recognized by UNESCO, known collectively as the historical sites of ancient Nara. So, spend this day on your self-sufficient Japanese travel itinerary to explore beautiful Nara before visiting Osaka.
You’ll start the day at Nara-koen Park, which has plenty of attractions such as Todai-ji Temple, Isui-en Garden and Kasuga-Taisha Shrine. A special feature of Nara-koen Park is the large number of semi-wild of deer, freely roaming. You can buy a package of deer biscuits (shika sembeisembei) to feed them, and enjoy the slow, peaceful life here. However, because it is a wild animal, be careful because sometimes they will … bite you!
Next take a stroll through the Isuien Garden and head straight to the Giant Buddha statue (Daibutsu) at Todai-ji Temple.
Another temple you should visit here is Kasuga-Taisha Shrine, the shrine is considered the most famous in Nara. The shrine is famous for bronze lanterns, given by Buddhists everywhere. They are only light twice a year during the 2 Lantern Festival, one in early February and one in mid-August.
You can also visit Kofuku-ji, a Buddhist temple used to be one of the Seven Great Temples.
From Nara, you can move to Osaka in the evening, and take a long walk in Osaka, before spending a full day for the old city.
Japan itinerary 10 days — Day 10: Continue visiting Osaka or return to Tokyo
This self-sufficiency Japanese travel itinerary on final day will depend on your choice; Because many people will like to spend the last day in Japan to explore this western city, and book tickets to fly back from Kansai International Airport (or Osaka Airport). So you will have a full day of exploring Osaka.
However, if you choose to fly back from Tokyo, you still have half a day in the morning to be able to visit the famous districts here such as Kita or Minami, before returning to Tokyo for your flight.
Some suggested attractions for you in Osaka:
- Shinsaibashi Shopping District: The largest 600-meter shopping district in Osaka is where you can find almost everything. If you are a shopping devotee or want to take advantage of the last day in Japan to buy souvenirs, this will be the ideal destination for you.
- Shinsekai: This is the old downtown area, bringing Osaka’s nostalgic feel with the local shops and Tsutenkaku icon tower.
- Osaka Castle: How can you leave Osaka if you haven’t visited the place associated with culture and history and is a famous symbol of this western Japanese city? Osaka Castle is also considered one of the most spectacular castles of the land of the rising sun. Nothing is better than a few photos commemorating the Japanese tour here, right?
Osaka Aquarium: A fun and interesting place to visit, Osaka Aquarium is a large scale aquarium with a large area in Osaka Bay area.
- Universal Studios Japan: Besides Disneyland, Universal Studios Japan is also one of the “famous” amusement parks that attracts thousands of visitors every day in Japan. If you have a full day in Osaka, why not add this destination to your self-sufficient Japanese travel itinerary?
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