10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

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10 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Osaka
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Tokushima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Takamatsu
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Kochi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Matsuyama
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  10​h
End: Singapore

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then examine the collection at Mizuno Sportology Gallery, and finally take a stroll through Dotonbori.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Osaka day trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Singapore to Osaka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Singapore in December, with highs in Osaka at 13°C and lows at 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tokushima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum

2
nights
Tokushima

Tokushima ©
Seemingly floating between the Inland Sea and surrounding mountains, Tokushima serves as the capital city of its prefecture.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Awaodori Kaikan, contemplate the long history of Ruins of Tokushima Castle, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Bizan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Omiwa Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ido-ji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Sumoto Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oasahiko Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Anrakuji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryozen-ji Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Tokushima Prefectural Awajurobe Yashiki.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Tokushima trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Osaka to Tokushima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Osaka in December since evenings lows in Tokushima dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Tokushima

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Naruto, Sumoto Castle, Anrakuji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Ruins of Tokushima Castle ©
Ruins of Tokushima Castle
Omiwa Shrine ©
Omiwa Shrine
Oasahiko Shrine ©
Oasahiko Shrine

2
nights
Takamatsu

Takamatsu ©
A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yashima, then take an in-depth tour of Shikoku Mura Village, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Takamatsu Airport.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Takamatsu itinerary planning site .

You can take a train from Tokushima to Takamatsu in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Takamatsu when traveling from Tokushima in December, with lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kochi.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Nature Parks Spas
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Yashima ©
Yashima
Shikoku Mura Village ©
Shikoku Mura Village
Takamatsu Airport ©
Takamatsu Airport

1
night
Kochi

Kochi ©
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
On the 11th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Katsura Hama, get engrossed in the history at Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Sakamoto Ryoma's Hometown Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kochi Castle.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kochi trip planning app .

You can drive from Takamatsu to Kochi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Takamatsu, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kochi, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Kochi

Museums Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum ©
Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum
Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle
Katsura Hama ©
Katsura Hama

1
night
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
On the 12th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isaniwa Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiteji, take a stroll through Dogo Onsengai, then get all the information you need at Dogo Onsen Kanko Kaikan, then explore the historical opulence of Matsuyama Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Matsuyama trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Kochi to Matsuyama in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Spas
Highlights from your plan
Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Ishiteji ©
Ishiteji
Isaniwa Shrine ©
Isaniwa Shrine

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.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima Museum of Art will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Miyajima and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima are in your itinerary. Step out of Hiroshima to go to Hatsukaichi and see Itsukushima Shrine, which is approximately 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, view the masterpieces at Schmoe House, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima planner .

Traveling by car from Matsuyama to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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