12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
+2
Fly + subway + train:  10​h
1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
2
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kanazawa
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Singapore

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine and then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima vacation planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Hiroshima is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Singapore in February: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 11°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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 10th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, and finally contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Himeji trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In February in Himeji, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mt. Takamikura, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Castle). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, make a trip to Heian Shrine, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto travel app .

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): make a trip to Omicho Market, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, then walk around Kenrokuen Garden, then don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in February, plan for a bit cooler days in Kanazawa, with highs around 7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

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You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in February, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 2°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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