11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
2
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  45​min
4
Himeji
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Minamiawaji
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
6
Naruto
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Okayama
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  11​h
End: Singapore


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2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip builder app .

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 December, Osaka is colder than Singapore - with highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

2
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 16th (Mon), get curious at The Kid's Science Museum of Photons, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then stroll around Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine. On your second day here, make a trip to Byodoin, have fun and explore at Kashihara Children's Science Museum, see the sky in a new way at Kamo Planetarium, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nara trip itinerary builder website .

You can take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Another option is to drive. December in Nara sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Kizugawa, Byodoin, Kashihara Children's Science Museum
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kashihara Children's Science Museum ©

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): stroll around Yodoryokuchi Park, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner .

Traveling by train from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
On the 19th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, find something for the whole family at Taiyo Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagoyama Reien Busharito.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Himeji holiday planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Himeji sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Minamiawaji.

Things to do in Himeji

Theme Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Taiyo Park ©
Taiyo Park
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nagoyama Reien Busharito ©
Nagoyama Reien Busharito

1
night
Minamiawaji

Minamiawaji ©
On the 20th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Naruto Whirlpools, take an in-depth tour of Onarutokyo Memorial, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Awaji Farm Park England Hill, and finally experience rural life at Awajishima Farm.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Minamiawaji visit planner.

Getting from Himeji to Minamiawaji by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Naruto.

Things to do in Minamiawaji

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Naruto Whirlpools
Highlights from your plan
Awaji Farm Park England Hill ©
Awaji Farm Park England Hill
Naruto Whirlpools ©
Naruto Whirlpools

1
night
Naruto

Naruto ©
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): walk around Asutamu-Land Tokushima, take in the views from Onaruto Bridge, then admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art, and finally make a trip to Uzu no Michi.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Naruto online itinerary planner .

Getting from Minamiawaji to Naruto by car takes about an hour. December in Naruto sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Okayama.

Things to do in Naruto

Museums Parks

Side Trip

Asutamu-Land Tokushima
Highlights from your plan
Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Asutamu-Land Tokushima ©
Asutamu-Land Tokushima
Uzu no Michi ©
Uzu no Michi

2
nights
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
On the 22nd (Sun), grab your bike and head to Kaze no Michi, step off the mainland to explore Naoshima, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Keshigo, and finally admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: let little ones run wild at Sanuki Kid's Kingdom, look for gifts at Mamekichi Hompo, Kurashiki, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, then see the interesting displays at Japanese Rural Toy Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsu Shrine.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Okayama trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Naruto to Okayama in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Naruto in December, Okayama is slightly colder at night with lows of 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Sanuki Kid's Kingdom, Naoshima
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Naoshima ©
Naoshima
Japanese Rural Toy Museum ©
Japanese Rural Toy Museum

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