12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
3
Nara
— 1 night
train:  45​min
4
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: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, take a stroll through Odaiba, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tokyo trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Singapore, Singapore to Tokyo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Tokyo is 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Singapore in October, with highs in Tokyo at 26°C and lows at 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

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

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip website .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then walk around Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Nara trip itinerary builder site .

Take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In October in Nara, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to 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

3
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). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, take a stroll through Dotonbori, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Osaka trip planner.

Getting from Nara to Osaka by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Traveling from Nara in October, plan for little chillier nights in Osaka, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, Himeji Castle
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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