12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kobe
— 1 day
Train
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Hiroshima
— 1 day
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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.
You've added Eikando Zenrinji Temple, Maruyama Park, Tofuku-ji Temple, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planning app.

Singapore, Singapore to Kyoto is an approximately 13-hour travel. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Kyoto. In November, Kyoto is much colder than Singapore - with highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C. On the 27th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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.
You've added Sennichimae Doguyasuji Shopping Street, Hankyu Umeda Honten, Dotombori District, and other attractions to your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple & Todai-ji Temple). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. 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.
You've added Kirin Beer Kobe Factory, Wakamatsu Park, Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): stroll around Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park, walk around Wakamatsu Park, sample the tasty concoctions at Kirin Beer Kobe Factory, then steep yourself in history at Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan), then wander the streets of Kitano Ijinkan-gai, and finally don't miss a visit to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kobe online day trip planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Neighborhoods · 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, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Miyajima, and finally contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hiroshima route planner.

Traveling by train from Kobe to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. In December in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Osaka

— 3 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street as well as Expo '70 Commemorative Park. Start 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, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Tennoji Zoo, then make a trip to Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Osaka tenmangu shrine. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Shin Umeda City, examine the collection at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, walk around Expo '70 Commemorative Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horyu-ji Temple, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka online trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

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.