12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Nagoya
— 1 night
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Nara
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
4
Kobe
— 1 day
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Takayama
— 2 nights
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Nagoya
— 1 night

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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.
On the 28th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, then examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and then make a trip to Osu Shopping Street.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagoya trip itinerary maker website.

Singapore, Singapore to Nagoya is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Nagoya due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect Nagoya to be colder, temps between 9°C and 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Nagoya

Highlights from your plan
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Osu Shopping Street ©
Osu Shopping Street

2
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Nara

Nara ©

Ancient City

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Taketori Park, then admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden, and then steep yourself in history at Naramachi Koshino Ie.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Nara trip planner.

Drive from Nagoya to Nara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagoya in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Nara: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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.
Osaka is known for historic sites, theme parks, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, don't miss a visit to Abeno Harukas, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Osaka day trip planning site.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. December in Osaka sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

1
day
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.
For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kobe trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Kobe, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 3°C at night. You will leave for Kyoto on the 3rd (Wed).

Things to do in Kobe

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Arashiyama, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and admire the natural beauty at Shosei-en Garden.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by train from Kobe to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Kyoto sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
On the 6th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Wada House, make a trip to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and finally take some stellar pictures from Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Takayama road trip website.

Getting from Kyoto to Takayama by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Takayama: temperatures range from 5°C by day to 0°C at night. On the 7th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

1
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Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagoya day trip site.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Nagoya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Nagoya

Highlights from your plan
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Osu Shopping Street ©
Osu Shopping Street

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