12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Osaka
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Kyoto
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Kobe
— 1 day
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Hiroshima
— 1 day
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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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.
To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Singapore in November: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 20°C and lows are around 10°C. You'll set off for Kyoto on the 23rd (Thu).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

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 Nijo Castle, Tofuku-ji Temple, Nanzen-ji Temple, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and make a trip to Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip builder tool.

You can take a bus from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or take a bus. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. You'll set off for Osaka on the 27th (Mon).

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Osaka

— 3 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Universal City Walk Osaka, Dotombori District, Hankyu Umeda Honten, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Honten and then wander the streets of Dotombori District. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: buy something for everyone on your list at Universal City Walk Osaka and then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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 list of things to see and do now includes Wakamatsu Park, Kirin Beer Kobe Factory, Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park, and other attractions. On the 30th (Thu), stroll around Port of Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park, stroll around Wakamatsu Park, indulge your taste buds at Kirin Beer Kobe Factory, then steep yourself in history at Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan), then take a stroll through Kitano Ijinkan-gai, and finally make a trip to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kobe road trip website.

Kobe is just a short distance from Osaka. In November, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Neighborhoods · 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 Peace Memorial Museum and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): head off the coast to Miyajima, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Kobe to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 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 · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Osaka

— 3 nights
You've added Abeno Q's Mall, Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street, Nipponbashi Denden Town, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): make a trip to Kuromon Market, then walk around Expo '70 Commemorative Park, then examine the collection at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, and finally take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, stop by Nipponbashi Denden Town, shop like a local with Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street, then browse the different shops at Abeno Q's Mall, and finally stop by Minami (Namba).

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka travel route planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll set off for home on the 4th (Mon).

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.