11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  11​h
1
Hatsukaichi
— 1 day
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Singapore

1
day
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and then head off the coast to Miyajima.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hatsukaichi trip planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Hatsukaichi is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Hatsukaichi due to the time zone difference. In December, Hatsukaichi is cooler than Singapore - with highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Museums Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima ©
Miyajima

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.
Gion and Nijo-jo Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Kuromon Market, & more). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Kyoto itinerary site .

You can take a train from Hatsukaichi to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

5
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Ginza and Edo-Tokyo Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Urayasu (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take a stroll through Asakusa, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. December in Tokyo sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C at night. On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland

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