12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
3
Himeji
— 1 night
4
Hiroshima
— 1 night
5
Oita
— 1 night
6
Kumamoto
— 1 night
7
Fukuoka
— 1 night

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Senso-ji Temple and Asakusa. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Takeshita Street. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Odaiba District, admire the striking features of Imperial Palace, visit Akihabara, and make a trip to Tokyo Tower.

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Singapore, Singapore to Tokyo is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect Tokyo to be colder, temps between °C and °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Ginza ©
Ginza

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Shop till you drop at Dotombori District and Nishiki Market Shopping District. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, look for gifts at Kyo no Takumi, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. January in Kyoto sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagoyama Reien Busharito, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, thenstep into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, thensteep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, and finally steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Himeji road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Himeji sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru
Nagoyama Reien Busharito ©
Nagoyama Reien Busharito

1
night
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 (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, thendon't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima travel route builder app.

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Oita.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

1
night
Oita

Oita ©
The gateway to a wealth of dynamic landscapes and some of the country's most atmospheric religious and cultural sites, Oita, in touristic terms, acts primarily as a transport hub.
On the 9th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Yusuhara Hachiman Shrine, contemplate the long history of Takase Stone Budda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sasamuta Shrine, thenbuy something for everyone on your list at JR Oita City, and finally browse the different shops at Amu Plaza Oita.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Oita trip maker app.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Oita in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Oita are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Oita

Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
JR Oita City ©
JR Oita City
Sasamuta Shrine ©
Sasamuta Shrine
Amu Plaza Oita ©
Amu Plaza Oita

1
night
Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
On the 10th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, get engrossed in the history at Newspaper Museum, look for gifts at KUMAMON products Nagataniya, thenexplore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, thenexplore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kato Shrine.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kumamoto vacation builder app.

Traveling by train from Oita to Kumamoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto ©
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto
Kato Shrine ©
Kato Shrine

1
night
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, and then browse the fresh offerings at Osakana Tengoku.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka online route maker.

You can take a train from Kumamoto to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tenjin Underground Shopping Center ©
Tenjin Underground Shopping Center
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum ©
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

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