8 days in East Asia Itinerary

8 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Osaka
— 1 day
Drive
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night
Drive to Kanazawa, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly

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Osaka

— 1 day
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 21st (Sat): see the interesting displays at Panasonic Museum, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then have some family-friendly fun at Round1 Kita-Shinsaibashi, and finally make a trip to Kizugawa Ferry Facilities.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Osaka online vacation planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Singapore to Osaka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, Osaka is much colder than Singapore - with highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Tours · Fun & Games · Museums

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the world behind art at Hosomi Museum, steep yourself in history at Yasaka Shrine, stop by Maiko Antiques Kyoto, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenryuji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Komyoji Temple, and finally view the masterpieces at Asahiyaki. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Konchi-in, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hiyoshi-Taisha Shrine, explore the world behind art at Louis Icart Art Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Manzoku inari Shrine, then make a trip to Ryogin-an Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Myoshinji Temple.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planning tool.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura

— 1 night
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then steep yourself in history at Wada House, and finally contemplate the long history of Nagase house.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Shirakawa-mura trip maker tool.

Getting from Kyoto to Shirakawa-mura by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and car; or take a bus. In December in Shirakawa-mura, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Museums

Tokyo

— 3 nights
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.
Family-friendly places like National Museum of Nature and Science and Jike Furusatomura will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura), Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal (in Yokohama) and Saitama Water Park (in Ageo). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Quark Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Emmei-ji Temple, and engage your brain at Kawasaki Robostage.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tokyo holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of car and train from Shirakawa-mura to Tokyo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. December in Tokyo sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips