26 days in Japan Itinerary

26 days in Japan Itinerary

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26 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
3
Nagoya
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Takayama
— 3 nights
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  6​h
5
Aomori
— 1 night
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Sapporo
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  1​h 30​min
7
Hakodate
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
9
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara Park (in Nara) and Himeji Castle (in Himeji). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

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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. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Singapore in December, with highs in Osaka at 13°C and lows at 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Himeji Castle, Nara Park
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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.
Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Todai-ji Temple in Nara--about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, and go for a walk through Arashiyama.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip site .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nagoya: Ise (Ise Shrine Geku, Ise Grand Shrine, & more), Inuyama Castle (in Inuyama) and Hikone Castle (in Hikone). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Nagoya Castle, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum.

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Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes an hour. Alternatively, you can 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 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ise, Hikone Castle, Inuyama Castle
Highlights from your plan
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine

3
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Explore Takayama's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, Tenshukakau Observatory, & more) and Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daiouji Temple, see the interesting displays at Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), and take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Takayama online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Nagoya to Takayama by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Takayama are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Aomori.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Matsumoto Castle
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

1
night
Aomori

Aomori ©
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, then head outdoors with Hakkoda Odake, then get to know the fascinating history of Sannai-Maruyama Ruins, and finally pause for some photo ops at Showa Daibutsu.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Aomori trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Takayama to Aomori takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Takayama in December; daily highs in Aomori reach 1°C and lows reach -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Aomori

Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sannai-Maruyama Ruins ©
Sannai-Maruyama Ruins
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse ©
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse
Showa Daibutsu ©
Showa Daibutsu

2
nights
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Sapporo Clock Tower, then explore the activities along Otaru Canal, then take a stroll around Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, and finally walk around Odori Park. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, then take an in-depth tour of Historical Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku-no Mura), and finally don't miss a visit to Sapporo JR Tower Observatory T38.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sapporo trip planning site .

Do a combination of train and flight from Aomori to Sapporo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Sapporo are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Otaru Canal
Highlights from your plan
Odori Park ©
Odori Park
Otaru Canal ©
Otaru Canal

1
night
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
On the 3rd (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hakodate, make a trip to Hachimanzaka, then enjoy breathtaking views from Goryokaku Tower, and finally stroll around Goryokaku Park.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hakodate trip planning app .

Getting from Sapporo to Hakodate by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In January in Hakodate, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mount Hakodate ©
Mount Hakodate
Goryokaku Tower ©
Goryokaku Tower
Goryokaku Park ©
Goryokaku Park

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Hakodate to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakodate in January: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for the train ride to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kanazawa is known for historic sites, parks, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, and examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa day trip site .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in January, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are slightly colder, around 7°C. On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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