15 days in East Asia Itinerary

15 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Kobe
— 4 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyotango
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Kobe

— 4 nights
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Step off the beaten path and head to Shoshazan Engyoji and Takeda Castle Ruins. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kobe: Awaji (Izanagi Shrine & Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum), Naruto (Onaruto Bridge & Otsuka Museum of Art) and Onokorojima Shrine (in Minamiawaji). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishinomiya Shrine, see the interesting displays at UCC Coffee Museum, and snap pictures at Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kobe online tour planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Kobe is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Singapore in November, with highs in Kobe at 19°C and lows at 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Osaka

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, then wander the streets of Dotombori District, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Kobe to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Osaka sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Nara

— 1 night

Ancient City

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.
On the 29th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally stroll around Nara Park.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Nara day trip website.

Getting from Osaka to Nara by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In November in Nara, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kyotango.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Kyotango

— 2 nights
On the 30th (Sat), stroll around Kasamatsu Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Amanohashidate, and then contemplate the long history of Ine no Funaya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Toyooka City Konotori Bunkakan, walk around Genbudo Park, then don't miss a visit to Toyooka Keikodo, then pause for some photo ops at Oishi Riku Ihatsuzuka, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nakashima Shrine.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyotango trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Nara to Kyotango in 2.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Kyotango are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kyotango

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nanzen-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Gion.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kyoto day trip site.

You can drive from Kyotango to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Kyotango in December, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Tokyo

— 3 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Samurai Museum and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Tokyo Tower, admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

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Fly from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Tokyo are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Osaka Prefecture travel guide

3.8
Landmarks · Theme Parks · Parks
Osaka Prefecture is a prefecture located in the Kansai region on Honshu, the main island of Japan. The capital is the city of Osaka. It is the center of Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto area. Osaka is one of the two "urban prefectures" of Japan, Kyoto being the other (Tokyo became a "metropolitan prefecture", or to, in 1941).HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Osaka prefecture was known as Kawachi, Izumi, and Settsu provinces.Osaka Prefecture was created on June 21, 1868, at the very beginning of the Meiji era. During the instigation of Fuhanken Sanchisei in 1868, the prefecture received its suffix fu, designating it as an urban prefecture.On September 1, 1956, the city of Osaka was promoted to a city designated by government ordinance and thereby divided into 24 wards.In 2000, Fusae Ota became Japan's first female governor when she replaced Knock Yokoyama, who resigned after prosecution for sexual harassment.

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Nara Prefecture travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Parks · Monuments
Nara Prefecture is a prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan. The capital is the city of Nara. Nara Prefecture has the distinction of having more UNESCO World Heritage Listings than any other prefecture.HistoryNara Prefecture region is considered one of the oldest regions in Japan spanning thousands of years. The present-day Nara Prefecture as it exists now officially was created in 1887, making it independent of Osaka Prefecture.Historically, Nara Prefecture was also known as Yamato-no-kuni or Yamato Province.Up to Nara PeriodIt is certain that there was a political force established at the foot of Mount Miwa in the east of Nara Basin, seeking unification of most parts in Japan from the third century until the fourth century, though the process was not well documented. At the dawn of history, Yamato was clearly the political center of Japan.Ancient capitals of Japan were built on the land of Nara, namely Asuka-kyō, Fujiwara-kyō (694–710) and Heijō-kyō (most of 710–784). The capital cities of Fujiwara and Heijō are believed to have been modeled after Chinese capitals at the time, incorporating grid layout patterns. The royal court also established relations with Sui and then Tang Dynasty China and sent students to the Middle Kingdom to learn high civilization. By 7th century, Nara accepted the many immigrants including refugees of Baekje who had escaped from war disturbances of the southern part of the Korean peninsula. The first high civilization with royal patronage of Buddhism flourished in today's Nara city (710–784 AD).

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Kyoto Prefecture travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Kyoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan in the Kansai region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Kyoto.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Kyoto Prefecture was known as Yamashiro.For most of its history, the city of Kyoto was Japan's Imperial capital. The city's history can be traced back as far as the 6th century. In 544, the Aoi Matsuri was held in Kyoto to pray for good harvest and good weather.Kyoto did not start out as Japan's capital. A noteworthy earlier capital was Nara. In 741, Emperor Shōmu moved the capital briefly to Kuni-kyo, between the cities of Nara and Kyoto, in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 784, the capital was moved to Nagaokakyō, also in present-day Kyoto Prefecture. In 794, Emperor Kanmu moved the capital to Heian-kyo, and this was the beginning of the current-day city of Kyoto. Even today, almost all of the streets, houses, stores, temples and shrines in Kyoto exist where they were placed in this year.Although in 1192 real political power shifted to Kamakura, where a samurai clan established the shogunate, Kyoto remained the imperial capital as the powerless emperors and their court continued to be seated in the city. Imperial rule was briefly restored in 1333, but another samurai clan established a new shogunate in Kyoto three years later.

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Tokyo Prefecture travel guide

4.2
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
A tour of Tokyo Prefecture reveals many eateries, markets, and museums, with sightseeing opportunities available for every type of traveler. Bright bursts of lights and billboards on modern buildings contrast the ornate, traditional architecture there. Don't forget to visit Izu Islands, easily accessible from the capital as an ideal day trip option.