11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + train:  10​h 45​min
1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Toyooka
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Asago
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Kobe
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Singapore

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, stop by Fuuka-Kimono, appreciate the extensive heritage of Asahiyaki, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel route planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Kyoto is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Kyoto. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Singapore in December: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 13°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Toyooka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Asahiyaki
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fuuka-Kimono ©
Fuuka-Kimono
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): observe the fascinating underwater world at Kinosaki Marine World, then get to know the fascinating history of Street of Kinosaki Onsen, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally contemplate the long history of Izushi Castle Town.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Toyooka travel route planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Toyooka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in December: highs in Toyooka hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Asago.

Things to do in Toyooka

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites
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Kinosaki Marine World ©
Kinosaki Marine World
Onsen Resorts
Street of Kinosaki Onsen ©
Street of Kinosaki Onsen

1
night
Asago

Asago ©
Asago is a city located in northern Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.The modern city of Asago was established on April 1, 2005, from the merger of the former town of Asago absorbing the towns of Ikuno, Santō and Wadayama (all from Asago District).As of April 30, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 31,248, with 12,355 households, and a population density of 82.52 persons per km². On the 17th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Ikuno Ginzan, then head outdoors with Ritsuun Gorge, and then steep yourself in history at Takeda Castle Ruins.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Asago trip builder .

You can drive from Toyooka to Asago in an hour. December in Asago sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kobe.

Things to do in Asago

Outdoors Historic Sites
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Takeda Castle Ruins ©
Takeda Castle Ruins

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.
On the 18th (Wed), get all the information you need at Awaji Highway Oasis, make a trip to Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, then shop like a local with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), and finally appreciate the views at Arima Onsen. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Kobe Oji Zoo, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Suma Aqualife Park Kobe, and then get great views at Awaji Hanasajiki.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kobe online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Asago to Kobe takes 2 hours. When traveling from Asago in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kobe: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Baths

Side Trips

Awaji, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
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Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Kobe Oji Zoo ©
Kobe Oji Zoo
Suma Aqualife Park Kobe ©
Suma Aqualife Park Kobe

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take a stroll through Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Osaka travel itinerary planner.

Osaka is very close to Kobe. In December, daytime highs in Osaka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe

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