9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10 h 15 min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Nagoya
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Himeji
— 1 night
+3
Train + Subway + Train + Fly:  11 h 15 min
End: Singapore

1
night
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 24th (Fri): take a stroll through Odaiba and then make a trip to Tokyo Tower. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and finally get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Tokyo online visit planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Tokyo is an approximately 10- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. In May, Tokyo is a bit cooler than Singapore - with highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, then don't miss a visit to Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), and finally admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Takayama trip itinerary website.

Drive from Tokyo to Takayama in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nagoya.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall ©
Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, steep yourself in history at Takeda Tei, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and finally explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nagoya tour site.

Getting from Takayama to Nagoya by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites
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Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Osu Shopping Street ©
Osu Shopping Street

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kinkaku-ji and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Dotombori in Dotombori (about 1h 10 min away). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Gion, steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Nagoya to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Nagoya, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Himeji day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Himeji, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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