12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Singapore
Fly:  9 h 45 min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
2
Nara
— 1 day
Drive:  45 min
3
Kobe
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
4
Himeji
— 1 day
Train:  45 min
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
6
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: Singapore

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, thentake a stroll through Dotombori District, and finally visit Minami (Namba).

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka route website.

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Osaka. In April, Osaka is much colder than Singapore - with highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum

1
day
Nara

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.
On the 12th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nara online route builder.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Nara

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

2
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai), thensoak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen, thendeepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, and finally take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kobe trip app.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kobe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Kobe are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Kobe

Baths Spas Neighborhoods
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Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai) ©
Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai)

1
day
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, thenmake a trip to Otemae Street, and finally don't miss a visit to Viewing Deck, Himeji Station Square.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip planner.

You can drive from Kobe to Himeji in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Otemae Street ©
Otemae Street

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Get a sense of the local culture at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Gion. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

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

4
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.
For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Asakusa. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tokyo National Museum and Senso-ji Temple. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Ghibli Museum Mitaka in Mitaka--about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ueno Zoo, take a stroll through Akihabara, and ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tokyo vacation builder site.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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