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:  1​h 45​min
2
Nagoya
— 1 night
Train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  45​min
4
Nara
— 1 night
Train:  45​min
5
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​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 some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo route 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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Tokyo. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Singapore in March: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 17°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Nagoya trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nagoya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nagoya, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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 nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, stroll around Rakusai Chikurin Park, make a trip to Gion, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip maker tool .

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Kyoto sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Nara trip builder site .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In March in Nara, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum (in Higashinada). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka day trip planning tool .

Getting from Nara to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In March, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Himeji Castle, Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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