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:  2​h 45​min
2
Yamagata
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Train:  4​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
5
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take in the waterfront at Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, then make a trip to Tokyo Tower, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hie Jinjya, and finally take a stroll through Ueno. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Odaiba.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planning site .

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 car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Singapore in December, with highs in Tokyo at 14°C and lows at 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Yamagata.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal
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Ueno ©
Ueno
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal ©
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal

2
nights
Yamagata

Yamagata ©
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Risshaku-ji Temple, hit the slopes at Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Safflower Field of Takase. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Yamagata Museum of Art, get outside with Shiginoya Chinuma, and then make a trip to Large Ginkgo Tree in Yamadera.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Yamagata holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Yamagata takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Tokyo in December, things will get slightly colder in Yamagata: highs are around 4°C and lows about 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yamagata

Outdoors Parks Baths
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Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort ©
Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort
Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple
Yamagata Museum of Art ©
Yamagata Museum of Art

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Suntory Yamazaki Distillery. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Arima Onsen in Kita, about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-in Temple, and stroll through Nanzen-ji Temple.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel route planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Yamagata to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yamagata in December, with highs in Kyoto at 13°C and lows at 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Arima Onsen, Suntory Yamazaki Distillery
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Suntory Yamazaki Distillery ©
Suntory Yamazaki Distillery
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 29th (Sun), kick back and relax at Painagama Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, then head outdoors with Nagamahama Beach Coast, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Tragawa Shuzo. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Sawada no hama Beach, then take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and finally kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima sightseeing planning tool .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Miyakojima in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Kyoto in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Miyakojima: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, then kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): get outside with Kubazaki Beach.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ishigaki day trip app .

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kubazaki Beach, Kondoi Beach
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Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

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