14 days in Japan Itinerary

14 days in Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10​h
1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
2
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Singapore

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.
On the 1st (Sun), make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, make a trip to Miyajima, and then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima online trip maker .

Singapore, Singapore to Hiroshima is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Hiroshima is 1 hour. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Singapore in November; daily highs in Hiroshima reach 20°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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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

1
night
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 3rd (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji online travel route planner .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Himeji are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mt. Takamikura
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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.
Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Universal Studios Japan in Konohana, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heian Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto attractions app .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Omicho Market, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Aratama Valley, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip maker .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Aratama Valley
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip planner.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the activities along Kabira Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and finally enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Ishigaki takes 5 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in December, you will find days in Ishigaki are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are much hotter (20°C). On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Adventure Parks
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal ©
Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal

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