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
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Narusawa-mura
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
3
Nagoya
— 6 nights
train:  1​h
4
Kyoto
— 1 day
train:  45​min
5
Nara
— 1 night
train:  45​min
6
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Singapore


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5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yanaka and Engaku-ji Temple. Get some cultural insight at Naritasan Omote Sando and Hie Jinjya. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Hikawa Shrine in Omiya, about 52 minutes away.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planner .

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. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Singapore in December; daily highs in Tokyo reach 14°C and lows reach 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Narusawa-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hikawa Shrine, Naritasan Omote Sando, Engaku-ji Temple
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Engaku-ji Temple ©
Engaku-ji Temple
Hikawa Shrine ©
Hikawa Shrine
Naritasan Omote Sando ©
Naritasan Omote Sando

1
day
Narusawa-mura

Narusawa-mura ©
A village at the foothills of Mt.
You've now added Fujiten Snow Resort to your itinerary. On the 26th (Thu), stroll through Fujiten Snow Resort.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Narusawa-mura online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Tokyo to Narusawa-mura in 2 hours. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for slightly colder days in Narusawa-mura, with highs around 8°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Narusawa-mura

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Fujiten Snow Resort ©
Fujiten Snow Resort

6
nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at Tsukiyominomiya and Yamato-hime Shrine. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Atsuta Jingu Shrine and Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nagoya: Ise (Hinjitsukan & Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Osu Shopping Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sokenji- Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Arimatsu no Machinami, and admire the masterpieces at The Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nagoya trip maker site .

Drive from Narusawa-mura to Nagoya in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Ise
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Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Tsukiyominomiya ©
Tsukiyominomiya

1
day
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.
On the 1st (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja, then steep yourself in history at Ninna-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary planning site .

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Shimogamo Jinja ©
Shimogamo Jinja
Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Todai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Joruri Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Nara day trip app .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Joruri Temple
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Toshodaiji Temple ©
Toshodaiji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take a stroll through Midosuji Street, and then take a stroll through Dotonbori. Keep things going the next day: have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yasui Shrine, and finally see the interesting displays at Modern Transportation Museum.

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Getting from Nara to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In January in Osaka, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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