12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  11​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train + taxi:  1​h 45​min
2
Yuzawa-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Kusatsu-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Mito
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Kawagoe
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
6
Saitama
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Singapore

3
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Akihabara, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo online attractions planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Tokyo is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Singapore Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Singapore in December: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 14°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yuzawa-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
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Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

2
nights
Yuzawa-machi

Yuzawa-machi ©
It takes just over one hour to reach Yuzawa-machi from the country's capital by bullet train.
On the 29th (Sun), get outside with Kagura Ski Resort, make a trip to Ponshukan, then hit the slopes at Iwappara Ski Resort, then fly down the slopes at Naeba Ski Resort, and finally don't miss a visit to Gangidori.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Yuzawa-machi travel website .

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Tokyo to Yuzawa-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kusatsu-machi.

Things to do in Yuzawa-machi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Naeba Ski Resort ©
Naeba Ski Resort
Iwappara Ski Resort ©
Iwappara Ski Resort
Gangidori ©
Gangidori

1
night
Kusatsu-machi

Kusatsu-machi ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): make a trip to Manza Onsen Observation Deck, then walk around Sainokawara Park, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally take in the natural beauty of Yubatake.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kusatsu-machi online tour builder .

Traveling by car from Yuzawa-machi to Kusatsu-machi takes 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mito.

Things to do in Kusatsu-machi

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Manza Onsen Observation Deck
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
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Yubatake ©
Yubatake
Onsen Resorts
Sainokawara Park ©
Sainokawara Park

2
nights
Mito

Mito
Quaint and historic, Mito serves as the capital of Ibaraki Prefecture, once a castle town and stronghold for the Edo-period Mito clan.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): let little ones run wild at Hitachi Seaside Park, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aqua World Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Aquarium, don't miss a visit to Gakusei Keisho, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kodokan Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kairakuen Park, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Semba Boadwalk. On the next day, hunt for treasures at Nakaminato Fish Market, appreciate the history behind Komon Mito Statue, walk around Mito City Forest Park, then get lost in a book at Sagawa Library, then admire the striking features of Kobuntei, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Moto Toshogu Shrine.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Mito vacation planning website .

Drive from Kusatsu-machi to Mito in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kusatsu-machi in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mito: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kawagoe.

Things to do in Mito

Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Hitachinaka, Aqua World Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Aquarium
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
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Kairakuen Park
Kairakuen Park
Hitachi Seaside Park ©
Hitachi Seaside Park
Mito City Forest Park ©
Mito City Forest Park

1
night
Kawagoe

Kawagoe ©
Situated just outside of Tokyo, Kawagoe entices visitors with its historic, Edo period architecture, reminiscent of a Japan of the past.
On the 2nd (Thu), admire the striking features of Old Yamazaki Family Villa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitain, make a trip to Toki no Kane, then make a trip to Kawagoe Ichibangai Shopping Street, and finally make a trip to Kashiya Yokocho.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kawagoe road trip website .

Drive from Mito to Kawagoe in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Kawagoe, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and -2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Saitama.

Things to do in Kawagoe

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:
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Kitain ©
Kitain
Kashiya Yokocho ©
Kashiya Yokocho

1
night
Saitama

Saitama ©
Though a fairly large city in its own right, Saitama has become known primarily for its proximity to the capital, Tokyo.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine, walk around Saitama Prefecture Omiya Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Omiya Park Zoo, then explore the world behind art at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, and finally take a stroll through Kichijoji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Jindai Botanical Park and then meet the residents at Inokashira Park Zoo.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Saitama trip itinerary maker app .

Saitama is very close to Kawagoe. Traveling from Kawagoe in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Saitama, with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Saitama

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Musashino, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Jindai Botanical Gardens
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Saitama Prefecture Omiya Park ©
Saitama Prefecture Omiya Park
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine ©
Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine

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