11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
2
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
4
Kobe
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h
End: Singapore

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.
On the 7th (Thu), wander the streets of Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and then get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Osaka road trip planning site .

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. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Singapore in November, with highs in Osaka at 20°C and lows at 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

2
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 9th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, walk around Nara Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the lush surroundings at Kazugayama Genshirin, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daibutsuden, then contemplate the waterfront views at Saho River, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nara sightseeing planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In November in Nara, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

4
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip builder .

Traveling by train from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
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 15th (Fri): trek along Shin-Kobe Trail, then examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then wander the streets of Chinatown (Nankinmachi), and finally gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Rokkosan Field Athletic.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kobe trip planning site .

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In November, daytime highs in Kobe are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kobe

Theme Parks Outdoors Trails
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Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum

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