9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
3
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Okayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Naruto
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Kobe
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  10​h
End: Singapore


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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.
On the 12th (Thu), find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Osaka online tour itinerary planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Osaka is 1 hour. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Singapore in December, with highs in Osaka at 13°C and lows at 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then stop by Fuuka-Kimono. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji and then don't miss a visit to Arashiyama.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto road trip site .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fuuka-Kimono ©
Fuuka-Kimono
Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum ©
Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum

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 15th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, and then make a trip to Otemae Street. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Ropeway, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, then hike along Mt Shosha hiking, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagoyama Reien Busharito.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji holiday maker site .

Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Himeji, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

2
nights
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
On the 17th (Tue), explore the landscape on two wheels at Kibi Plain Bicycle Route, then take a peaceful walk through Tatsunokuchi Green Shower Forest, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Okayama trip planner .

You can take a train from Himeji to Okayama in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Himeji in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Okayama, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Naruto.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks Trails Nature

Side Trip

Kibi Plain Bicycle Route
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden

1
night
Naruto

Naruto ©
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): walk around Awaji Farm Park England Hill, make a trip to Uzu no Michi, then admire the masterpieces at Otsuka Museum of Art, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Senjojiki Observation Deck. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Naruto Strait, then explore the activities along Shimmachi River, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Bizan, and finally take in the views from Onaruto Bridge.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Naruto trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Okayama to Naruto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Okayama in December, Naruto is a bit warmer at night with lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Naruto

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Tokushima, Awaji Farm Park England Hill
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Awaji Farm Park England Hill ©
Awaji Farm Park England Hill
Mount Bizan ©
Mount Bizan
Naruto Strait ©
Naruto Strait

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.
On the 20th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikuta Shrine.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kobe trip planning website .

You can drive from Naruto to Kobe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ikuta Shrine ©
Ikuta Shrine

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