9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + bus:  11​h 30​min
1
Kobe
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Toyooka
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Miyazu
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Toyooka
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Singapore

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, then wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), then shop like a local with Kobe Harborland, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishinomiya Shrine.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Kobe vacation maker site .

Singapore, Singapore to Kobe is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and bus. 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. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Singapore in December; daily highs in Kobe reach 13°C and lows reach 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Toyooka.

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Nishinomiya Shrine
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Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Nishinomiya Shrine ©
Nishinomiya Shrine
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland

1
night
Toyooka

Toyooka ©
A vacation in Toyooka lets you explore the UNESCO Global Geopark that completely surrounds the small town, notable for its scenic islands, rock formations, caves, and sand dunes.
On the 8th (Sun), get to know the fascinating history of Street of Kinosaki Onsen, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, then see the interesting displays at Naomi Uemura Bokenkan, then don't miss a visit to Izushi Castle Town, and finally make a trip to Shinkoro.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Toyooka travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Kobe to Toyooka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kobe in December: highs in Toyooka hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Miyazu.

Things to do in Toyooka

Historic Sites Baths Museums
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Street of Kinosaki Onsen ©
Street of Kinosaki Onsen
Onsen Resorts

1
day
Miyazu

Miyazu ©
Though home to one of Japan's long-admired "three views," few people know Miyazu by name.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Mt. Nariai Lookout, tour the pleasant surroundings at Amanohashidate, then find something for the whole family at Amanohashidate View Land, then don't miss a visit to Kyu Mikamiye House, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Miyazu Catholic Church.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Miyazu trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Toyooka to Miyazu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Miyazu are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Toyooka.

Things to do in Miyazu

Nature Theme Parks Parks
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Amanohashidate ©
Amanohashidate
Amanohashidate View Land ©
Amanohashidate View Land
Miyazu Catholic Church ©
Miyazu Catholic Church

1
night
Toyooka

Toyooka
To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Toyooka trip planning tool .

You can drive from Miyazu to Toyooka in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. You'll set off for Kyoto on the 10th (Tue).

Things to do in Toyooka

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

2
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Walking tours and Kennin-ji Temple. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Nabana no Sato in Kuwana--about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto sightseeing app .

You can take a train from Toyooka to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. While traveling from Toyooka, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Nabana no Sato, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Walking tours

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Osaka travel route planning site .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In December, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Toshodaiji Temple
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Toshodaiji Temple ©
Toshodaiji Temple

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