12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kobe
— 1 day
Train
4
Hiroshima
— 1 day
Train
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Kyoto

— 4 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Eikando Zenrinji Temple, Maruyama Park, Tofuku-ji Temple, and other attractions you added. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, wander the streets of Gion, and take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Kyoto road trip site.

Singapore, Singapore to Kyoto is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in November, things will get much colder in Kyoto: highs are around 19°C and lows about 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Sennichimae Doguyasuji Shopping Street, Hankyu Umeda Honten, Dotombori District, and other attractions. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple & Todai-ji Temple). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle and steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka visit planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November in Osaka, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kobe

— 1 day
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 Kirin Beer Kobe Factory, Wakamatsu Park, Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park, and other attractions you added. On the 30th (Thu), stroll around Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park, stroll around Wakamatsu Park, sample the tasty concoctions at Kirin Beer Kobe Factory, then contemplate the long history of Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan), then wander the streets of Kitano Ijinkan-gai, and finally make a trip to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street.

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You can drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. November in Kobe sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Tours

Hiroshima

— 1 day

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Miyajima, Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Itsukushima Shrine. Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then make a trip to Miyajima, and finally contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima road trip site.

Take a train from Kobe to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Osaka

— 3 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street as well as Expo '70 Commemorative Park. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, snap pictures at Ebisu Bridge, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tennoji Zoo, then look for gifts at Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Osaka tenmangu shrine. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Shin Umeda City, see the interesting displays at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, walk around Expo '70 Commemorative Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka visit planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.