12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Singapore
Fly:  10 h 15 min
1
Miyakojima
— 1 day
Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
3
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
Taxi + Train:  5 h 15 min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  10 h
End: Singapore

1
day
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get outside with Yonaha Maehama Beach, then take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Toriike Pond.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Miyakojima attractions planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Miyakojima is an approximately 10.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Singapore in December: high temperatures in Miyakojima hover around 25°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Toriike Pond ©
Toriike Pond
Irabu Ohashi ©
Irabu Ohashi

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum. Get some historical perspective at Senso-ji Temple and Imperial Palace. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Nihonbashi Bridge, admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Western Art, and get to know the resident critters at Ueno Zoo.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip app.

Fly from Miyakojima to Tokyo in 5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Miyakojima in December: highs in Tokyo hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

1
night
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and then get outside with Ryuoo Ski Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Yamanouchi-machi trip maker app.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, Yamanouchi-machi is slightly colder than Tokyo - with highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Wildlife Winter Sports
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Ryuoo Ski Park ©
Ryuoo Ski Park

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.
Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Head to Dotombori and Sennichimae Doguyasuji Shopping Streetfor some retail therapy. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Nara Park in Nara, approximately Nara away. The adventure continues: go for a walk through Arashiyama, contemplate the long history of Genkoan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Heian Shrine, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kyoto travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Kyoto takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in December, expect Kyoto to be somewhat warmer, temps between 13°C and 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara Park
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): head off the coast to Miyajima and then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

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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