12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
2
Kanazawa
— 1 night
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights

3
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, see the interesting displays at The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online travel planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Tokyo is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Singapore in December; daily highs in Tokyo reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, thendon't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa journey maker site.

Getting from Tokyo to Kanazawa by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in December, you will find days in Kanazawa are little chillier (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

3
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and wander the streets of Gion.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take a stroll through Dotombori District and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, and then get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe.

To find out how to plan a trip to Osaka, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Osaka are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nara Park
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle and then head off the coast to Miyajima.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima tour planner.

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Miyajima
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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