12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Osaka
— 2 nights
2
Awaji
— 1 night
3
Himeji
— 2 nights
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
5
Okayama
— 1 night
6
Matsuyama
— 2 nights

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 14th (Sat): stop by Dotombori District and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Osaka road trip website.

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Singapore in December, with highs in Osaka at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Awaji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe

1
night
Awaji

Awaji ©
Most trips to Awaji remain fairly brief stop-offs on the expressway between Honshu and Shikoku.
On the 16th (Mon), get great views at Awajihanasajiki, get your bearings at Awaji Highway Oasis, thenadmire the masterpieces at Awaji Oiso Artyama, thenwalk around Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Joryu-ji Temple.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Awaji planning site.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Awaji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Awaji, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Awaji

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Awajihanasajiki ©
Awajihanasajiki
Awaji Oiso Artyama ©
Awaji Oiso Artyama
Awaji Highway Oasis ©
Awaji Highway Oasis

2
nights
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 17th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagoyama Reien Busharito, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, thenadmire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Taiyo Park, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Himeji City Aquarium, and then go for a walk through Otokoyama Haisuiike Park.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Awaji to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
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Taiyo Park ©
Taiyo Park
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Arashiyama. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and wander the streets of Gion.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

1
night
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
On the 22nd (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden, thendelve into the lush surroundings at Tatsunokuchi Green Shower Forest, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Kibi Plain Bicycle Route.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Okayama trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Okayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Kibi Plain Bicycle Route
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Tatsunokuchi Green Shower Forest ©
Tatsunokuchi Green Shower Forest

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nights
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
On the 23rd (Mon), get to know the resident critters at Ehime Tobe Zoo, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, thenstep off the mainland to explore Gogoshima Island, and finally explore the world behind art at Miurart Village Art Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsuyama trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Okayama to Matsuyama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Okayama in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Matsuyama, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ehime Tobe Zoo
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Ehime Tobe Zoo ©
Ehime Tobe Zoo
Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Gogoshima Island ©
Gogoshima Island

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