9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  7​h
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Nagoya
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Osakasayama
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Kobe
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Singapore

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): wander the streets of Ginza.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Tokyo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Singapore in April: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Neighborhoods
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Ueno Zoo ©
Ueno Zoo
Ginza ©
Ginza
National Museum of Nature and Science ©

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.
To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nagoya route planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Nagoya by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for little chillier days in Nagoya, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Sakae
Sakae
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, admire the masterpieces at Hosomi Museum, then buy something for everyone on your list at Kyoto Station Building, and finally steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, then don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then take a stroll through Gion.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto travel route website .

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagoya in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Osakasayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

1
night
Osakasayama

Osakasayama ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Sayamaike Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senko-ji Temple, test the waters at a local thermal spa, then take a memorable drive along Michi no Eki Shiratorinosato Habikino, and finally steep yourself in history at Chihaya Castle Historical Site.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Osakasayama trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osakasayama takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Kyoto in April, Osakasayama is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kobe.

Things to do in Osakasayama

Scenic Drive Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Michi no Eki Shiratorinosato Habikino, Chihaya Castle Historical Site, Senko-ji Temple
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Chihaya Castle Historical Site ©
Chihaya Castle Historical Site
Senko-ji Temple ©
Senko-ji Temple
Sayamaike Museum ©
Sayamaike Museum

2
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Himeji Castle, then get a taste of the local shopping with Kobe Harborland, and then see the interesting displays at Kawasaki Good Times World. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Kobe Fashion Museum, examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then see the interesting displays at Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Arima Onsen.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kobe tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Osakasayama to Kobe in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Osakasayama in May, expect nights in Kobe to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 25°C. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kobe

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, Himeji Castle
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum

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