5 days in Japan Itinerary

5 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Singapore
Fly:  9 h 45 min
1
Osaka
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
2
Nara
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
3
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
4
Kobe
— 1 night
Fly:  10 h
End: Singapore

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take a stroll through Dotombori District and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Osaka holiday maker.

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Osaka. In August, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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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 (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nara road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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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 3rd (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip maker.

You can drive from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Nara in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 23°C in Kyoto. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo ©
Koshojibetsuin Ryozenhobyo

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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen and then deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kobe attractions planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Kobe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Kobe, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 26°C at night. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

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Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen

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