16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Nara
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 5 nights

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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.
Attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, wander the streets of Odaiba District, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip maker site.

Singapore, Singapore to Tokyo is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Tokyo. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Singapore in November, with highs in Tokyo at 19°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, get to know the resident critters at Monkey Park Iwatayama, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then have some family-friendly fun at Geisha and Maiko Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto route planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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Nara

Nara ©

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 16th (Sat), engage your brain at The Kid's Science Museum of Photons, steep yourself in history at Todai-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Byodoin, have fun and explore at Kashihara Children's Science Museum, then look and learn at Kamo Planetarium, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Nara trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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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 Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Koya-cho (Mt. Koya, Koyasan Okunoin, &more) and Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, find something for the whole family at SpaWorld, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, and have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip planning site.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In November in Osaka, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya

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