13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  30​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  4​h
4
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
bus + train:  1​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 4 nights
End: Tokyo


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1
night
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.
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If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nara Park, Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street and Osaka Castle Park. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street and then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori. On your second day here, walk around Osaka Castle Park and then walk around Nara Park.

To find ratings and tourist information, you can read our Osaka tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Osaka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nara Park
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle Park ©
Osaka Castle Park

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.
You've now added Himeji Castle to your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Nara to see Todai-ji Temple about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and wander the streets of Gion.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto travel itinerary planner.

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Todai-ji Temple, Himeji Castle
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Keep things going the next day: get great views at Hakone Ropeway, explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi day trip planning app .

Take a train from Kyoto to Hakone-machi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Kyoto in December, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 8°C. You will leave for Tokyo on the 27th (Fri).

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Nature
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Yokohama Chinatown (in Naka), Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple (in Narita) and Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse (in Yokohama). See some other sides of Tokyo: step into the grandiose world of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), don't miss a visit to Shinjuku Golden Gai, take in the views from Rainbow Bridge, and contemplate the long history of Hie Jinjya.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo online tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 14°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Yokohama, Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, Susukino
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Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Zojo-ji Temple ©
Zojo-ji Temple

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