12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train + taxi:  2​h 30​min
2
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Nagoya
— 1 night
train:  45​min
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  10​h
End: Singapore

2
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Kids will appreciate attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan. Change things up with a short trip to Ghibli Museum Mitaka in Mitaka (about 44 minutes away). There's much more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and wander the streets of Ginza.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Tokyo online trip itinerary builder .

Singapore, Singapore to Tokyo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. Traveling from Singapore to Tokyo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect Tokyo to be much colder, temps between 14°C and 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Tokyo Disneyland
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland

1
night
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): cruise along Shiga Kusatsu Kogen Route and then identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Yamanouchi-machi trip builder tool .

Getting from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi by combination of train and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in December, things will get slightly colder in Yamanouchi-machi: highs are around 7°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Wildlife Parks Scenic Drive
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): meet the residents at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, and then examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagoya day trip planning app .

You can drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Nagoya in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nagoya, with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Tokugawa Art Museum ©
Tokugawa Art Museum

4
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.
Dotonbori and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Do your shopping at Nishiki Market and Maiko Antiques Kyoto. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka) and Nara Park (in Nara). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto tour itinerary maker .

Take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagoya in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara Park
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): head off the coast to Miyajima, stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo, and then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome and then contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima online travel planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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