15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + Train:  10​h 30​min
1
Nara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h
3
Yokohama
— 3 nights
Train:  3​h
4
Kobe
— 3 nights
Train:  30​min
5
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Singapore

2
nights
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.
On the 19th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Todai-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine. Keep things going the next day: walk around Yodo River Park Sewaritei District, contemplate the long history of Byodoin, then see the sky in a new way at Kamo Planetarium, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Nara day trip planning website .

Singapore, Singapore to Nara is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Nara is 1 hour. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect Nara to be cooler, temps between 13°C and 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Yodo River Park Sewaritei District, Kamo Planetarium, Byodoin
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

2
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, get curious at Nagoya City Science Museum, then make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Nagoya Castle, admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, meet the residents at Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Garden, then examine the collection at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and finally walk around Tsuruma Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Nagoya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Nara, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nagoya, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yokohama.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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3
nights
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Bring the kids along to Capybara Land PUIPUI and Kamogawa Sea World. Explore Yokohama's surroundings by going to The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi) and Kamakura (Kōtoku-in, Hase-dera Temple, & more). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Sankeien Gardens, take a stroll through Yokohama Chinatown, get advice or help at Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, and admire the masterpieces at Yokohama Museum of Art.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Yokohama tour planning app .

You can take a train from Nagoya to Yokohama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Nagoya in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Yokohama, with highs around 14°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Kobe.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Kamogawa Sea World, The Hakone Open-Air Museum
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Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Kamogawa Sea World ©
Kamogawa Sea World
Sankeien Gardens ©
Sankeien Gardens

3
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Kobe Animal Kingdom and Kobe Oji Zoo. Venture out of the city with trips to Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en), Mt. Takamikura (in Kakogawa) and Awaji Highway Oasis (in Awaji). There's lots more to do: gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Suma Aqualife Park Kobe, wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and revel in the low prices at Kobe Sanda Premium Outlets.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kobe journey planning tool .

You can take a train from Yokohama to Kobe in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Shopping

Side Trips

Himeji, Awaji Highway Oasis, Mt. Takamikura
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Kobe Oji Zoo ©
Kobe Oji Zoo
Suma Aqualife Park Kobe ©
Suma Aqualife Park Kobe
Kobe Animal Kingdom ©
Kobe Animal Kingdom

3
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.
Attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Ukyo (Ryoanji Temple & Bamboo Forest Street). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, get your game on at Owl Family Osaka, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, and don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip builder website .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kobe. In December, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kyoto
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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