12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  11​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Singapore

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, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, examine the collection at The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, and take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

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Singapore, Singapore to Tokyo is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Tokyo. Traveling from Singapore in December, things will get cooler in Tokyo: highs are around 14°C and lows about 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
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.
On the 31st (Tue), make a trip to Omicho Market, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, then stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, then don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa online trip builder .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in December, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are little chillier, around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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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, classes, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Gion, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

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You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
On the 4th (Sat), get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and then have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip maker app .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In January, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Nara Park
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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.
On the 6th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle and then get to know the fascinating history of Miyajima.

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Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. January in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Miyajima
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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