12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + Train:  10 h
1
Nagoya
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
2
Gero
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
3
Kobe
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
4
Osaka
— 5 nights
Train + Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: Singapore

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, admire the striking features of Nagoya Castle Hommarugoten, then take a stroll through Osu Shopping Street, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Nagoya TV Tower, then step into the grandiose world of Inuyama Castle, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Nagoya road trip tool .

Singapore, Singapore to Nagoya is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Singapore in October, expect nights in Nagoya to be a bit cooler, around 19°C, while days are much colder, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Gero.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Inuyama Castle
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Inuyama Castle ©
Inuyama Castle

3
nights
Gero

Gero ©
Gero is a city in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Ohira Observation Deck, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then contemplate the long history of Kyu Odoke Jutaku, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarubobo Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Moriminashihachiman Shrine. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaeru Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senshoji Temple, witness a stunning natural landmark at Gero Onsen Funsenchi, then examine the collection at Gero Onsen Gasshomura, then see the interesting displays at Gerohatsu Onsen Museum, and finally make a trip to Onsenji Temple.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Gero day trip planner .

Getting from Nagoya to Gero by car takes about 2.5 hours. October in Gero sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kobe.

Things to do in Gero

Historic Sites Spas Baths
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Sarubobo Shrine ©
Sarubobo Shrine
Gero Onsen Gassho Village ©
Gero Onsen Gassho Village
Gerohatsu Onsen Museum ©
Gerohatsu Onsen Museum

1
night
Kobe

Kobe ©
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.
On the 16th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikuta Shrine, then shop like a local with Chinatown (Nankinmachi), and finally wander the streets of Kobe Harborland.

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

You can drive from Gero to Kobe in 4.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Kobe are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland
Ikuta Shrine ©
Ikuta Shrine

5
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.
Gion and Kinkaku-ji are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu-dera Temple will appeal to history buffs. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Kyoto (Toji & Ryoanji Temple), Sanjusangendo Temple (in Higashiyama) and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, shop like a local with Dotonbori, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senko-ji Temple.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary planning site .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kobe. Traveling from Kobe in October, Osaka is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kyoto
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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