17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10 h 30 min
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
2
Nara
— 1 day
+2
Train + Subway + Train:  1 h 30 min
3
Kobe
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h
5
Nagoya
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
6
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  10 h 30 min
End: Singapore

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.
Osaka is known for historic sites, theme parks, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, soak in some Japanese tradition at Spa World, make a trip to Shinsaibashi, and wander the streets of Dotonbori.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Osaka tour itinerary maker website

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Osaka is 1 hour. Traveling from Singapore in December, things will get cooler in Osaka: highs are around 13°C and lows about 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, pause for some photo ops at Tōdai-ji, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally get great views at Naramachi.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nara online travel route planner

Nara is just a short distance from Osaka. In December in Nara, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Kokoen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, then don't miss a visit to Kobe Motomachi Shopping Street, and finally don't miss a visit to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kobe itinerary app

Getting from Nara to Kobe by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Himeji, Mefu Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

4
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, parks, shopping, classes, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Kiyomizu-dera, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, make a trip to Gion, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip app

Kyoto is very close to Kobe. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagoya.

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
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
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 27th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Nagoya Castle, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, take a stroll through Osu Shopping Street, meet the residents at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Tsuruma Park.

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You can take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in December, expect nights in Nagoya to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Urayasu (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel planner

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Nagoya in December, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 14°C. On the 1st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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