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 day
+2
bus + train + Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kanazawa
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Singapore

1
day
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 26th (Tue): see the vivid underwater world at Sesoko Labyrinth, meet the residents at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, then meet the residents at Okichan Theater, and finally don't miss a visit to Kouri Bridge.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Motobu-cho trip planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Motobu-cho is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Singapore Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In November, Motobu-cho is a bit cooler than Singapore - with highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trip

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

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine and then head off the coast to Miyajima.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima driving holiday planner .

Getting from Motobu-cho to Hiroshima by combination of bus and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Motobu-cho in November, expect Hiroshima to be little chillier, temps between 20°C and 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

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

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.
Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and wander the streets of Gion.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto travel planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 2nd (Mon), don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, then make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, read Kanazawa trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

4
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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 3rd (Tue) at Tokyo Disneyland. The adventure continues: ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo tour itinerary maker website .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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