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
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Singapore

4
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.
Kids will enjoy Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, wander the streets of Akihabara, and get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo journey maker tool .

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 changes from Singapore Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. August in Tokyo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then get to know the resident critters at Monkey Park Iwatayama, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, take a stroll through Gion, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip tool .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Zoos & Aquariums
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Nara Park, Todai-ji Temple, & more). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Dotonbori, shop like a local with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and admire the striking features of Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Nara
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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