18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Osaka
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Tanabe
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Onomichi
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Imabari
— 1 night
train:  2​h
6
Takamatsu
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Shodoshima-cho
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Singapore


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4
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Koyasan Okunoin, Arashiyama, Daimaru Shinsaibashi, and other attractions. Take a break from Osaka with a short trip to Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine in Fushimi, about 54 minutes away.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Singapore Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Singapore in September, expect Osaka to be slightly colder, temps between 32°C and 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Tanabe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Kyoto, Koyasan Okunoin, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA ©
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA

3
nights
Tanabe

Tanabe ©
Considered a holy space where the gods once lived, the city of Tanabe teems with spiritual, cultural, and natural beauty.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tanabe: Shirahama-cho (Shirarahama Beach, Senjojiki, & more). Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at Adventure World.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tanabe tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Osaka to Tanabe in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Tanabe

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Shirahama-cho
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Shirarahama Beach ©
Shirarahama Beach
Adventure World ©
Adventure World
Engetsuto ©
Engetsuto

1
night
Osaka

Osaka ©
For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Osaka route planner.

Traveling by car from Tanabe to Osaka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Osaka when traveling from Tanabe in September, with lows around 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Sun) before leaving for Onomichi.
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Kuchu Teien Observatory ©
Kuchu Teien Observatory

1
night
Onomichi

Onomichi ©
A port city next to the inland sea, Onomichi maintains a small-town feel and a domestic reputation for well-preserved landmarks, quiet streets, and traditions.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Okunoshima Island.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Onomichi tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Onomichi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Osaka in September: highs in Onomichi hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Imabari.

Things to do in Onomichi

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Fukuyama, Okunoshima Island
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Tomo no Ura ©
Tomo no Ura
Kosanji Temple ©
Kosanji Temple
Senkoji & Senkoji Park ©
Senkoji & Senkoji Park

1
night
Imabari

Imabari ©
The city of Imabari encompasses several islands in Japan's inland sea, and due to this strategic location it changed hands regularly during the feudal era.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Imabari Castle.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Imabari online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Onomichi to Imabari takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Imabari sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 24°C at night. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Imabari

Historic Sites
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Imabari Castle ©
Imabari Castle

3
nights
Takamatsu

Takamatsu ©
A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Takamatsu: Iya Kazura Bridge (in Miyoshi), Kochi Castle (in Kochi) and Kotohira-gu Shrine (in Kotohira-cho). And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Ritsurin Garden, admire the masterpieces at Chichu Art Museum, admire the striking features of Art House Project, and contemplate the waterfront views at Shikanoidesui.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Takamatsu journey planning website .

Take a train from Imabari to Takamatsu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. October in Takamatsu sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Shodoshima-cho.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Naoshima-cho, Kochi Castle, Otsuka Museum of Art, Iya Kazura Bridge, Kotohira-gu Shrine
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Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Shikoku Mura Village ©
Shikoku Mura Village

3
nights
Shodoshima-cho

Shodoshima-cho ©
On an island famed for its gorgeous landscapes and seaside vistas, the town of Shodoshima-cho serves as the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of Japanese city life.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Teshima Art Museum, then admire the verdant scenery at Kankakei Gorge, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Kankakei Summit Observation.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Shodoshima-cho route builder website .

Traveling by car from Takamatsu to Shodoshima-cho takes 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Shodoshima-cho can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Shodoshima-cho

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Tonosho-cho
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Michi-no-Eki Shodoshima Olive Park ©
Nishinotakiryusui Temple ©
Nishinotakiryusui Temple
Teshima Art Museum ©
Teshima Art Museum

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