12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
+2
Fly + train + bus:  10​h 45​min
1
Motobu-cho
— 1 night
+2
bus + train + Fly:  7​h 45​min
2
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
5
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Singapore

1
night
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): observe the fascinating underwater world at Okichan Theater, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, and then don't miss a visit to Kouri Bridge.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Motobu-cho sightseeing website .

Singapore, Singapore to Motobu-cho is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Motobu-cho is 1 hour. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect nights in Motobu-cho to be colder, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Kouri Ohashi
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Kouri Ohashi ©
Kouri Ohashi

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.
Bring the kids along to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip website .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Motobu-cho to Tokyo takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Motobu-cho in December, expect Tokyo to be a bit cooler, temps between 14°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

1
night
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, then steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, then get engrossed in the history at Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), and finally see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Takayama trip planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Takayama by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for slightly colder days in Takayama, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto sightseeing app .

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Takayama in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fuuka-Kimono ©
Fuuka-Kimono
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

3
nights
Osaka

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take a stroll through Dotonbori and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip maker tool .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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