16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  7​h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  4​h
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Kobe
— 1 day
train:  1​h
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
6
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
bus + train:  1​h 30​min
7
Yokohama
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Singapore

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Seiko Museum as well as Tokyo Skytree. There's more to do: take an in-depth tour of Fukagawa Edo Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning app .

Singapore, Singapore to Tokyo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone changes from Singapore Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December, Tokyo is cooler than Singapore - with highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Seiko Museum ©
The Seiko Museum
Fukagawa Edo Museum ©
Fukagawa Edo Museum
Tokyo Skytree ©
Tokyo Skytree

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.
Visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nishi Honganji for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Kyoto day trip tool .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sat) before leaving for Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Nishi Honganji ©
Nishi Honganji

2
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.
On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Osaka holiday planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Mon) before leaving for Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

1
day
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.
You've now added Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum to your itinerary. On the 23rd (Mon), see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum and then get a taste of the local shopping with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kobe holiday planner .

Kobe is just a short distance from Osaka. In December in Kobe, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street and then wander the streets of Dotonbori.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip itinerary planner .

Osaka is very close to Kobe. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kintoki and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Choanji Temple. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Hakone Museum of Art and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko).

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hakone-machi road trip planning website .

Fly from Osaka to Hakone-machi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Osaka in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 8°C by day to 5°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Fri) before leaving for Yokohama.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art
Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shinyokohama Ramen Museum, Yokohama Chinatown and Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): examine the collection at Yokohama Trolley Museum and then get to know the fascinating history of Kishamichi Promenade. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Yokohama Chinatown, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory, examine the collection at Shinyokohama Ramen Museum, then explore the galleries of Yokohama Civic Art Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Soji-ji Temple, and finally wander the streets of Minato Mirai 21.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Yokohama online itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Yokohama in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in December, you will find days in Yokohama are somewhat warmer (14°C), and nights are about the same (6°C). You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Yokohama

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21
Kishamichi Promenade ©
Kishamichi Promenade
Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory ©
Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory

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