12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + train:  10​h
1
Nagoya
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Toba
— 1 night
train:  15​min
3
Ise
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Kuwana
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
6
Nagano
— 4 nights
+2
train + tram + Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Singapore

2
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, then explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and finally make a trip to Osu Shopping Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): get curious at Nagoya City Science Museum, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then get to know the resident critters at Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Kariya Highway Oasis.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nagoya trip itinerary maker tool .

Singapore, Singapore to Nagoya is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from Singapore to Nagoya, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Singapore in December; daily highs in Nagoya reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Toba.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Kariya Highway Oasis
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya City Science Museum ©
Nagoya City Science Museum

1
night
Toba

Toba ©
Notable for its oysters and the production of cultured pearls, the city of Toba, mostly situated within Ise-Shima National Park, includes a number of small islands in Ise Bay.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Toba Aquarium, step off the mainland to explore Mikimoto Pearl Island, browse the different shops at Toba Shopping Plaza Hello, then enjoy breathtaking views from Harusame Observatory, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shinmei Shrine.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Toba tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Toba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Nagoya in December, Toba is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a train to Ise.

Things to do in Toba

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
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Toba Aquarium ©
Toba Aquarium
Mikimoto Pearl Island ©
Mikimoto Pearl Island

1
night
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Okage Yokocho, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Ninja Kingdom.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ise trip itinerary builder site .

Ise is just a stone's throw from Toba. In December, daily temperatures in Ise can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kuwana.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites
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Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Okage Yokocho ©
Okage Yokocho
Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku

1
night
Kuwana

Kuwana ©
The historic town of Kuwana stands as one of the 53 post stations that dotted the route between Kyoto and Edo (as Tokyo was then known) during the Edo period.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Satonoyu Nabananosato, stroll around Chubu Park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then get in on the family fun at Nagashima Spa Land, then admire the natural beauty at Nabana no Sato, and finally get engrossed in the history at Waju no Sato.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kuwana route planning app .

Take a train from Ise to Kuwana in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Ise in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Kuwana, with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kuwana

Parks Theme Parks Spas

Side Trip

Chubu Park
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Nabana no Sato ©
Nabana no Sato
Nagashima Spa Land ©
Nagashima Spa Land
Spas

2
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, get to know the resident critters at Matsumoto Alps Park, then examine the collection at Matsumoto City Museum, then take in the pleasant sights at Matsumoto Castle, and finally gain insight at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): stop by Hanakomichi, then explore the world behind art at Chihiro Art Museum Azumino, and then wander the streets of Nawate Shopping District.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto online trip maker .

Traveling by train from Kuwana to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kuwana in December, things will get little chillier in Matsumoto: highs are around 7°C and lows about 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Nagano.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Shopping Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Chihiro Art Museum Azumino
Matsumoto Alps Park ©
Matsumoto Alps Park

4
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Suginohara and Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum. Explore Nagano's surroundings by going to Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort (in Nozawaonsen-mura), Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park (in Yamanouchi-machi) and Yubatake (in Kusatsu-machi). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple, head outdoors with Mt.Takatsuma, admire the landmark architecture of Teramachi Shoka (Former Kanehako Residence), and make a trip to Tenkyuji.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Nagano visit planner .

You can take a train from Matsumoto to Nagano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Nagano are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Mt.Takatsuma, Suginohara, Yubatake, Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Suginohara ©
Suginohara

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