11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10​h
1
Osaka
— Few hours
bus:  2​h
2
Kobe
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Awaji
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Takamatsu
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
5
Okayama
— 1 night
train:  1​h
6
Osaka
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Singapore

few
hours
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.
To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka online trip itinerary builder .

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Osaka. In October, Osaka is slightly colder than Singapore - with highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C. You'll set off for Kobe on the 17th (Thu).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mt. Rokko, Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), The Former Foreign Settlement of Kobe, and other attractions you added. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), admire the natural beauty at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, take in the pleasant sights at Kitano-cho, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikuta Shrine, then take in panoramic vistas at Kobe City Hall (Observation Deck), and finally make a trip to The Former Foreign Settlement of Kobe.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kobe online day trip planner .

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In October, daytime highs in Kobe are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Awaji.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Rokko ©
Mt. Rokko
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki) ©
Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki)

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nights
Awaji

Awaji ©
Most trips to Awaji remain fairly brief stop-offs on the expressway between Honshu and Shikoku.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Michi-no-Eki Awaji, Awaji Tachikawa Narcissus Farmland, Awaji Hanasajiki, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): make a trip to Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, make a trip to Eshima, stroll around Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park, let the kids burn off some steam at Awaji Yumebutai, then don't miss a visit to 本福寺水御堂 Honpukuji (Water Temple), and finally examine the collection at Awaji City Nakahama Minoru's Cat Art Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Awaji Hanasajiki, see the interesting displays at Nojima Fault Preservation Museum, delve into the distant past at Gossa Kaito Ruins, then steep yourself in history at Izanagi Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senkoji Temple, and finally stroll around Awaji Farm Park England Hill.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Awaji road trip planning app .

Drive from Kobe to Awaji in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Awaji, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Awaji

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Minamiawaji, Sumoto, Naruto Strait, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Izanagi Shrine ©
Izanagi Shrine
Senkoji Temple ©
Senkoji Temple
Naruto Strait ©
Naruto Strait

3
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Chichibugahama Beach, Kotohira-gu, Goshikidai, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the world behind art at Otsuka Museum of Art. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Shikoku Mura Village, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yashima-ji Temple, stroll around Ritsurin Garden, then admire the verdant scenery at Goshikidai, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotohira-gu, and finally kick back and relax at Chichibugahama Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Takamatsu holiday planner.

Getting from Awaji to Takamatsu by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Awaji in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 17°C in Takamatsu. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Okayama.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shodoshima-cho, Goshikidai, Otsuka Museum of Art, Kotohira-gu, Chichibugahama Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kotohira-gu ©
Kotohira-gu
Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Yashima-ji Temple ©
Yashima-ji Temple

1
night
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
You've added Omotecho Shopping Street, Nishigawa Canal Park, Okabiru-ichiba, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): stroll around Seto Ohashi Memorial Park, take in panoramic vistas at Seto Ohashi Tower, take a memorable drive along Great Seto Bridge, then enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Washu Observation Deck, then get to know the fascinating history of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, and finally look for gifts at Okabiru-ichiba.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Okayama journey planner.

Getting from Takamatsu to Okayama by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Osaka.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Sakaide
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter ©
Great Seto Bridge ©
Great Seto Bridge

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day
Osaka

Osaka ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Osaka.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka online route planner .

Getting from Okayama to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Osaka ©
Osaka