Travelling in Japan: What to Do

This is a compilation of all my travels in Japan during my one year stay in the country. You can expand the map to access the the list of pins to visualize my various trips around Japan.

Click on a pin in the map to read the blog post or scroll down for travel itineraries. Happy travels!


1-Day Itineraries

Kobe: 1-Day Itinerary

Kobe Port Tower and Maritime Museum
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Steakland Restaurant – Affordable Kobe beef lunch options
Mount Rokko/Rokkosan (六甲山) – Cable car, Rokkosan Farm, Million Dollar Night View
Kobe Chinatown – Street food galore

Harbourland – See the Kobe Port Tower and Maritime Museum lit up at night

Osaka: 1-Day Itinerary

Osaka view from Abenos Harukas
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Shinasaibashi – Pretty good Mexican restaurant
Amerikamura – Find the Statue of Liberty
Kuromon Market – Souvenirs and seafood galore
Abenos Harukas – tallest skyscraper in Japan and free observatory garden
Osaka Castle – See a Japanese castle

Budget-Friendly Osaka

Instant Ramen Museum

In this post, I share three free or affordable food adventures in Osaka including the Nissin Instant Ramen Museum (aka Cup Noodle), Asahi Beer Factory Tour and Uncle Rikuro cheesecake. Read about them here.

Otsu, Uji, Osaka: 1-Day Itinerary

Otsu Port

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Otsu (大津) – Otsu Port to see Lake Biwa (琵琶湖)
Osaka (大阪) – Dotonbori for food!
Uji (宇治) – Byodo-In Temple (平等院) which is on the back of the 10 yen coin

North Hyogo: 1-Day Itinerary

View from Takeda Castle ruins
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Takeda Castle (竹田古城) aka Castle in the Sky or the Machu Picchu of Japan

Kinosaki Onsen (城崎温泉) – Relaxing onsens and a beautiful canal

Tottori: 1-Day Itinerary

Tottori Sand Dunes
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Tottori Sand Museum (砂の美術館) – Note that it is closed January to April in preparation for the next theme

Tottori Sand Dunes (鳥取砂丘) – Do the hike up to see the beautiful Sea of Japan!

Karo Port – Seafood market and place to eat kaisendon (seafood rice bowl)

2 to 5-Day Itineraries

Tokyo 2-Day Itinerary

Shiro Hige Totoro Cream Puffs
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Day 1 – Tsukiji Market (築地), Michelin star Tsuta Ramen (蔦), Ueno Park (上野公園), Asakusa (浅草), Tokyo Skytree

Day 2 – Shiro Hige Totoro Cream Puffs, Ghibli Museum, Harajuku (原宿)

Kyoto and Nara 2-Day Itinerary

Day 1 here – Kyoto: Kiyomizudera Temple (清水寺), Gion (祇園), Nishiki Market (錦市場), Ginkakuji (銀閣寺)
Day 2 here – Nara: Nara Park (奈良公園), Todaiji Temple (東大寺), Kofuji Temple (興福寺)

Nagasaki 3-Day Itinerary

View from Nagasaki Peace Park
Day 1 here – Peace Park, Atomic Bomb Museum, Mount Inasa (稲佐山)
Day 2 here – Gunkanjima (軍艦島), Chinatown, Glover Garden, Nagasaki Seaside Park
Day 3 here – Spectacle Bridge (眼鏡橋), Former HSBC Building, one legged torii (一本柱鳥居)

Shikoku 3-Day Itinerary

Oboke Gorge
Day 1 here – Uzu no michi (渦の道), Mount Bizan (眉山)

Day 2 here – Iya Valley (祖谷渓谷), Oboke Gorge (大歩危)
Day 3 here – Kochi Castle (高知城), Ritsurin Garden (栗林公園)

Fujisan and Tokyo 4-Day Itinerary

Mount Fuji
Day 1 here – Satsuki and Mei’s House (サツキとメイの家), Osu Kannon (大須観音)

Day 2 here – Mount Fuji (富士山), Kawaguchiko (河口湖)
Day 3 here – Tokyo Tower, Shibuya (渋谷)
Day 4 here – Tsukiji Market (築地市場), Yokohama Chinatown (横浜中華街)

Nagoya and Kyoto: 4-Day Itinerary


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Day 1 – Toji Temple (東寺), Yabaton Miso Katsu (矢場とん)
Day 2 – Nagoya Castle (名古屋城), Osu Kannon Temple (大須観音), Yasaka Shrine (八坂神社)
Day 3 – Arashiyama (嵐山), Kinkakuji (金閣寺), Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社)
Day 4 – Kiyomizudera Temple (清水寺), Nishiki Market (錦市場)

Okinawa: 4-Day Itinerary

Cape Manzamo

Day 1 here – Cape Manzamo (万座毛), Churaumi Aquarium
Day 2 here – Ocean Expo Park, snorkeling in Blue Cave, Sunset Beach
Day 3 here – Okinawa World, Gyokusendo Cave (玉泉洞)
Day 4 here – Shuri Castle (首里城)

Hiroshima and Matsuyama: 5-Day Itinerary

Day 1 here – Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park (広島平和記念公園), Manga Library
Day 2 here – Miyajima (宮島), Mount Misen (弥山)
Day 3 here – Ferry to Matsuyama (松山)
Day 4 here – Matsuyama Castle (松山城), Dogo Onsen (道後温泉), Ishiteji Temple (石手寺)
Day 5 here – Return journey

Hokkaido 5-Day Itinerary for the Sapporo Snow Festival

Sapporo Snow Festival
Day 1 here – Sapporo Snow Festival (さっぽろ雪まつり), Ramen Theme Park (札幌らーめん共和国)

Day 2 here – Sapporo TV Tower, Otaru Snow Light Path Festival (小樽雪あかりの路)
Day 3 here – Mount Teine (手稻山), Jingisukan BBQ mutton
Day 4 here – Odori Park (大通公園), Clock Tower (時計台), Susukino Ice Festival (すすきの)
Day 5 here – Shiroi Koibito Park (白い恋人パーク), Ishiya Chocolate Factory
Day 6 here – Bonus Day! Strawberry Farm