12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  13​h
1
Kita
— 1 day
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kanazawa
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train + bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Urayasu
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Singapore


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1
day
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle and then get in on the family fun at SpaWorld.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kita road trip planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Kita is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Singapore Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect Kita to be cooler, temps between 13°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kita

Spas Baths Historic Sites

Side Trip

Osaka
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SpaWorld ©
SpaWorld
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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.
On the 19th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then stroll through Monkey Park Iwatayama, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Toei Kyoto Studio Park, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Kita to Kyoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Toei Kyoto Studio Park ©
Toei Kyoto Studio Park
Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 21st (Fri), make a trip to Omicho Market, admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, then steep yourself in history at Kazuemachi Tea House Street, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
Family-friendly places like Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings and Edo-Tokyo Museum will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the exciting artwork at Art Jeunesse Akihabara, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary website .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

1
night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and then cool off at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for slightly colder days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 8°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Urayasu.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Spas Baths Theme Parks
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Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

2
nights
Urayasu

Urayasu ©
A city lying on Tokyo Bay, Urayasu used to stand separate from the giant metropolis next door, but now, even though it belongs to another prefecture, it seems part of the capital.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland. On the next day, stop by Bon Voyage, browse the different shops at Ikspiari, and then discover the magic at Tokyo DisneySea.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Urayasu day trip planning app .

Getting from Hakone-machi to Urayasu by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Hakone-machi in December, you will find days in Urayasu are somewhat warmer (13°C), and nights are about the same (8°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Urayasu

Theme Parks Shopping
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Ikspiari ©
Ikspiari

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