12 days in East Asia Itinerary

12 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kobe
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Osaka

— 3 nights
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.
Shop till you drop at Dotombori District and Tower Knives Osaka. Venture out of the city with trips to Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, make a trip to Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka journey maker website.

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in May, expect Osaka to be a bit cooler, temps between 29°C and 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kobe

— 1 night
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.
On the 26th (Tue), make a trip to Nunohiki River Valley, gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, then take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, then take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and finally look for gifts at Moriya Shop.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kobe road trip planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Osaka in May, plan for slightly colder days in Kobe, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping · Neighborhoods

Kyoto

— 3 nights
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.
For shopping fun, head to Nishiki Market Shopping District or Kyoto Station Building. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, get to know the fascinating history of Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and get into the urban bustle at M's KYOTO INFORMATION CENTER.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip maker app.

Getting from Kobe to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Kobe in May, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Trails

Tokyo

— 4 nights
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.
Head to Ginza and Diver City Tokyo Plazafor plenty of shopping. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Tokyo are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Side Trip