12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train + taxi:  2​h 30​min
3
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Hatsukaichi
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Singapore

1
night
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Painushima Ishigaki Airport Observation Deck, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, then make a trip to Euglena Mall, and finally Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, then explore the activities along Kabira Bay, and then take an in-depth tour of Ishigaki Yaima Village.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki trip itinerary maker app .

Singapore, Singapore to Ishigaki is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Ishigaki due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Singapore in December, with highs in Ishigaki at 26°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and get to know the resident critters at Ueno Zoo.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tokyo travel route planning tool .

You can fly from Ishigaki to Tokyo in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in December, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit cooler (14°C), and nights are colder (4°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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 20th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and then hit the slopes at Ryuoo Ski Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Yamanouchi-machi trip tool .

Do a combination of train and taxi from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in December; daily highs in Yamanouchi-machi reach 7°C and lows reach 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Wildlife Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Ryuoo Ski Park ©
Ryuoo Ski Park

1
night
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Motosuko Lake, take in the dramatic natural features at Fugaku Wind Cave, then go for a walk through Lake Kawaguchi, and finally don't miss a visit to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Fujikawaguchiko-machi day trip app .

You can drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Motosuko Lake ©
Motosuko Lake
Fugaku Wind Cave ©
Fugaku Wind Cave

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi), Nijo Castle (in Nakagyo) and Kinkaku-ji (in Kyoto). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, walk around Nara Park, take a stroll through Dotonbori, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka attractions planner .

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Osaka in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in December, you will find days in Osaka are a bit warmer (13°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Kyoto, Nara Park
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

1
night
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine Torii and then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Hatsukaichi trip itinerary site .

You can take a train from Osaka to Hatsukaichi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. 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 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

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