16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Osaka
— Few hours
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
3
Nara
— 3 nights
4
Matsusaka
— 2 nights
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
6
Kobe
— 1 night
7
Himeji
— 1 night
8
Ise
— 3 nights

few
hours
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip maker.

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major aiports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nara: Ikaruga-cho (Mii Shrine & Horyu-ji Temple). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, have fun at Experience YAMATO, look for gifts at Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nara trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Nara can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Matsusaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Ikaruga-cho
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

2
nights
Matsusaka

Matsusaka ©
Matsusaka is a city located in Mie Prefecture, Japan.As of August 2015, the city had an estimated population of 165,166 and a population density of 265 persons per km2. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Matsusaka Merchant Museum, steep yourself in history at Street of Matsusaka Marchant, examine the collection at Museum of Motoori Norinaga, contemplate the long history of Suzu-no-ya (Motoori Norinaga's study), thencontemplate the long history of Gojoban Yashiki, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nanryu Shrine. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Former Hasegawa Residence, admire the natural beauty at Bellfarm, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takinomiya, thenget engrossed in the history at Genjono Yakata, Nakayama Herb Park, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsusaka online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Matsusaka takes 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Matsusaka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Genjono Yakata, Nakayama Herb Park, Takinomiya, Onsen Resorts
Highlights from your plan
Matsusaka Castle Ruins ©
Matsusaka Castle Ruins
Nanryu Shrine ©
Nanryu Shrine

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, make a trip to Kuromon Market, thenwander the streets of Dotombori District, thenenjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, and finally admire the striking features of Shin Umeda City. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Shinsekai, enjoy breathtaking views from Tsutenkaku, make a trip to Abeno Harukas, thenmake a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, thenwander the streets of Minami (Namba), and finally snap pictures at Ebisu Bridge.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Matsusaka to Osaka in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Matsusaka in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Osaka, with lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Kuchu Teien Observatory ©
Kuchu Teien Observatory
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

1
night
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.
To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kobe trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. You'll set off for Himeji on the 15th (Tue).

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Parks Museums

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night
Himeji

Himeji
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Ropeway, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ako Oishi Shrine, thenmake a trip to Remains of Ako Castle, and finally make a trip to Kagakuji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and then make a trip to Otemae Street.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Himeji trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Kobe to Himeji by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ise.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Ako
Highlights from your plan
Remains of Ako Castle
Remains of Ako Castle
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

3
nights
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, make a trip to Oharai-machi, don't miss a visit to Okage Yokocho, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Isuzugawa, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Meotoiwa, thenobserve the fascinating underwater world at Toba Aquarium, thenhead off the coast to Mikimoto Pearl Island, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shinmei Shrine.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ise sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Himeji to Ise in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Toba, Shima
Highlights from your plan
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Mikimoto Pearl Island ©
Mikimoto Pearl Island
Toba Aquarium ©
Toba Aquarium

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