9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kyoto
— 2 nights
2
Niigata
— 1 night
3
Nagano
— 1 night
4
Karuizawa-machi
— 1 night
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Heian Shrine, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, thenstep into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally take a stroll through Gion.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip maker tool.

Singapore, Singapore to Kyoto is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Singapore in October, things will get slightly colder in Kyoto: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Niigata.

Things to do in Kyoto

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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Niigata

Niigata ©
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): walk around Toyanogata Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Befco Bakauke Observatory Room, thenlook for gifts at Minato Kobo, thendon't miss a visit to Minato Inari Shrine, and finally make a trip to The Old Saito Residence.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Niigata online trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Niigata takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Kyoto in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Niigata, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nagano.

Things to do in Niigata

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Minato Inari Shrine ©
Minato Inari Shrine

1
night
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 8th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Teramachi Shoka (Former Kanehako Residence), visit Tonkururin, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha, thenidentify plant and animal life at Iizuna Highlands Oyachi Marsh, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nagano planning website.

Getting from Niigata to Nagano by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Nagano are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can take a train to Karuizawa-machi.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Togakushi Shrine Okusha ©
Togakushi Shrine Okusha

1
night
Karuizawa-machi

Karuizawa-machi ©
The only city in the world to have hosted both summer and winter Olympics, the resort town of Karuizawa-machi boasts clean air, impressive mountain scenery, and many outdoor activities and hot springs.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa, browse the different shops at Karuizawa prince shopping plaza, thenexplore the activities along Kumoba Pond, and finally appreciate the history behind Stone Church.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Karuizawa-machi trip planner.

You can take a train from Nagano to Karuizawa-machi in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Karuizawa-machi are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Karuizawa-machi

Shopping Museums Nature
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Karuizawa prince shopping plaza ©
Karuizawa prince shopping plaza
Kumoba Pond ©
Kumoba Pond
Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa ©
Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, thenmake a trip to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, thenmake a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, thenexplore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and finally get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

Before you visit Tokyo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can take a train from Karuizawa-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Karuizawa-machi - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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