17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + train:  10​h 30​min
1
Nara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Kobe
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Naruto
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Kochi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Matsuyama
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
7
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
8
Otsu
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h
End: Singapore


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1
night
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 17th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden, take in nature's colorful creations at Yoshikien, and then appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nara day trip planning site .

Singapore, Singapore to Nara is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Traveling from Singapore to Nara, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Singapore in October: high temperatures in Nara hover around 27°C and lows are around 20°C. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kobe.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Yoshikien ©
Yoshikien
Isuien Garden ©
Isuien Garden
Toshodaiji Temple ©
Toshodaiji Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): walk around Aramaki Rose Garden and then appreciate the views at Mukogawa Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Yodoko Guesthouse, shop like a local with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), then see the interesting displays at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, and finally admire the sheer force of Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki).

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kobe holiday planning app .

Drive from Nara to Kobe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Kobe are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Naruto.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Mukogawa Valley, Yodoko Guesthouse, Aramaki Rose Garden
Highlights from your plan
Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki) ©
Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki)
Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum ©
Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

2
nights
Naruto

Naruto ©
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Izanagi Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Uzu no Michi, then admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art, and finally snap pictures at Onaruto Bridge.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Naruto trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Kobe to Naruto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Naruto, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Kochi.

Things to do in Naruto

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Izanagi Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Izanagi Shrine ©
Izanagi Shrine
Onaruto Bridge ©
Onaruto Bridge

2
nights
Kochi

Kochi ©
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
On the 21st (Mon), walk around Godaisan Park. On your second day here, admire the verdant scenery at Nakatsu Valley and then explore the stunning scenery at Yasuike Valley.

Plan my day in Kochi using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Naruto to Kochi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Naruto in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kochi: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Kochi

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Niyodogawa-cho
Highlights from your plan
Katsura Hama ©
Katsura Hama
Godaisan Park ©
Godaisan Park
Chikurinji Temple ©
Chikurinji Temple

2
nights
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
On the 24th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, identify plant and animal life at Namekawakeikoku, and then explore the activities along Shirai Fall.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Matsuyama trip planner .

Drive from Kochi to Matsuyama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Matsuyama sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Toon, Shimonada Station, Mokuro Shiryokan Kamihagatei
Highlights from your plan
Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Shimonada Station ©
Shimonada Station

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Peace Bell and Motoyasu River. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple & Itsukushima Shrine). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and make a trip to Peace Flame.

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Getting from Matsuyama to Hiroshima by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hiromine Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagoyama Reien Busharito, make a trip to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone, then go for a walk through Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Himeji day trip app .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Otsu.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Baths Spas
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden

2
nights
Otsu

Otsu ©
The lake port city of Otsu has a wealth of sites of historical and cultural importance and lies within close proximity to Kyoto.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Takebe Taisha Shrine, then kick back and relax at Omimaiko Beach, then don't miss a visit to Katsuragawa Sokusho Myououin, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Komponchudo.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Otsu travel route tool .

Take a train from Himeji to Otsu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Otsu can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Otsu

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Takebe Taisha Shrine ©
Takebe Taisha Shrine
Lake Biwa Sosui-no Sakura ©
Lake Biwa Sosui-no Sakura

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