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
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Shima
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Kushimoto-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Tanabe
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Singapore

1
night
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.
On the 10th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally take a stroll through Gion.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip builder app .

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. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Singapore in June, expect Kyoto to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Shima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Toji ©
Toji

2
nights
Shima

Shima ©
The city of Shima has long been associated with pearl farming and cultivation, though holidaymakers have found plenty of other reasons to visit this coastal area in recent years.
On the 12th (Wed), take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Yokoyama Observation Deck, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saminaga Shrine, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ago no Matsubara Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ichigo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at Toba Aquarium, contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Shima online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Shima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. While traveling from Kyoto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Shima, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Shima

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ise, Toba Aquarium
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Toba Aquarium ©
Toba Aquarium
Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi

1
night
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): stroll through Kujirahama Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nachikatsura-cho trip maker .

Drive from Shima to Nachikatsura-cho in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June in Nachikatsura-cho, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kushimoto-cho.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kujirahama Beach
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Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha

1
night
Kushimoto-cho

Kushimoto-cho ©
On the 15th (Sat), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Kushimoto Marine Park Aquarium, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Muryoji - Rosetsuji Kushimoto Okyo Rosetsu Hall, then explore the striking landscape at Hashigui Rock, and finally explore the striking landscape at Umikongo.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kushimoto-cho online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Nachikatsura-cho to Kushimoto-cho by car takes about an hour. June in Kushimoto-cho sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tanabe.

Things to do in Kushimoto-cho

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Hashigui Rock ©
Hashigui Rock
Kushimoto Marine Park Aquarium ©
Kushimoto Marine Park Aquarium
Umikongo ©
Umikongo

2
nights
Tanabe

Tanabe ©
Considered a holy space where the gods once lived, the city of Tanabe teems with spiritual, cultural, and natural beauty.
On the 16th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine, steep yourself in history at Oyunohara - Original Kumano Hongu Taisha Site, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Shirarahama Beach. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Nakata Foods Nakata Umeboshi Kobo, then get to know the resident critters at Adventure World, then see the interesting displays at Minakata Kumagusu Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Kumano Sansho Shrine.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tanabe trip maker .

Drive from Kushimoto-cho to Tanabe in 1.5 hours. In June in Tanabe, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Tanabe

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Shirahama-cho
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Shirarahama Beach ©
Shirarahama Beach
Adventure World ©
Adventure World
Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine ©
Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan and then take a stroll through Dotonbori. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Osaka visit planner.

Drive from Tanabe to Osaka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. June in Osaka sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Tempozan Ferris Wheel ©
Tempozan Ferris Wheel

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