12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

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.
On the 12th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Nagoya Castle, then explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and finally make a trip to Osu Shopping Street. On the next day, get curious at Nagoya City Science Museum, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, admire the natural beauty 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.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nagoya trip itinerary maker app.

Singapore, Singapore to Nagoya is an approximately 10- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Singapore Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Singapore in December: high temperatures in Nagoya hover around 9°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can take a 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): meet the residents at Toba Aquarium, step off the mainland to explore Mikimoto Pearl Island, then 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 maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Toba online trip builder.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Toba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Nagoya in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Toba, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to 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, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, then get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku, and finally explore the historical opulence of Ise Ninja Kingdom.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ise vacation maker tool.

Ise is just a short distance from Toba. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can 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

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, walk around Chubu Park, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get in on the family fun at Nagashima Spa Land, then admire the natural beauty at Nabana no Sato, and finally take an in-depth tour of Waju no Sato.

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Traveling by train from Ise to Kuwana takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Ise in December since evenings lows in Kuwana dip to 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.
On the 17th (Tue), explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Matsumoto Alps Park, see the interesting displays at Matsumoto City Museum, then explore the historical opulence of 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): look for gifts at Hanakomichi, then admire the masterpieces at Chihiro Art Museum Azumino, and then wander the streets of Nawate Shopping District.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto online trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Kuwana to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kuwana in December, expect Matsumoto to be little chillier, temps between 7°C and 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors Shopping 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Yubatake (in Kusatsu-machi), Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park (in Yamanouchi-machi) and Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort (in Nozawaonsen-mura). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of The Site of Asahiyama Castle, make a trip to Tenkyuji, and get engrossed in the history at Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagano day trip tool.

You can take a train from Matsumoto to Nagano in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Mt.Takatsuma, Yubatake, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, Suginohara
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort

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