11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10​h
1
Osaka
— Few hours
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
3
Himeji
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Okayama
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Takamatsu
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Naruto
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Singapore


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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 13th (Fri): wander the streets of Dotonbori and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary maker app .

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. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Singapore in December: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 13°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow time for the train ride to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Shopping
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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 Sanjusangendo Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Yodoryokuchi Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary planning website .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Fun & Games Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama
Neko Cafe TiME ©
Neko Cafe TiME

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 16th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip website .

Getting from Kyoto to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Himeji sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

1
night
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
On the 16th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Okayama trip builder tool .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Okayama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Himeji in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Okayama, with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for the train ride to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kurashiki
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Japanese Rural Toy Museum ©
Japanese Rural Toy Museum
Okayama Castle ©
Okayama Castle

1
night
Takamatsu

Takamatsu ©
A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Hiunkaku and then step into the grandiose world of Takamatsu Castle.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Takamatsu journey planner.

You can take a train from Okayama to Takamatsu in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Naruto.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Historic Sites
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Takamatsu Castle ©
Takamatsu Castle
Hiunkaku ©
Hiunkaku
Takamatsu Airport ©
Takamatsu Airport

1
night
Naruto

Naruto ©
Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Otsuka Museum of Art and then make a trip to Uzu no Michi.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Naruto online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Takamatsu to Naruto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Takamatsu in December, Naruto is a bit warmer at night with lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Naruto

Museums
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Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art
Uzu no Michi ©
Uzu no Michi

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple & Nara Park) and Mt. Koya (in Koya-cho). Enjoy Osaka some more: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, make a trip to Kuchu Teien Observatory, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Osaka day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Naruto to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Naruto in December, Osaka is slightly colder at night with lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara, Mt. Koya
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya

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