13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + Train:  10 h
1
Osaka
— 4 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train:  45 min
3
Nara
— Few hours
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  10 h
End: Singapore

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Shoshazan Engyoji and Koyasan Reihokan Museum. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Kongobu-ji Temple (in Koya-cho) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, look for gifts at Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka, and get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho.

Start your trip to Osaka by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Osaka due to the time zone difference. In June, Osaka is a bit cooler than Singapore - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Himeji
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

6
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Biwa as well as Entoku-in. Explore hidden gems such as Ise Shrine Geku and Amanohashidate. Change things up with a short trip to Oharai-machi in Ise (about 1h 50 min away). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, admire the landmark architecture of Ninna-ji Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto road trip planner .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Ise, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), Amanohashidate, Lake Biwa
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

few
hours
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nara itinerary site .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. July in Nara sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Nature
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Mt. Wakakusa ©
Mt. Wakakusa

2
nights
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 11th (Sat): examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, and finally steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

For maps, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planner.

Getting from Nara to Hiroshima by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. July in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

JMSDF Kure Museum
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

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