12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
2
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
4
Kobe
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h
End: Singapore

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Himeji (Koko-en Garden & Himeji Castle). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senko-ji Temple.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary builder tool .

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Singapore to Osaka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in November, things will get much colder in Osaka: highs are around 20°C and lows about 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Himeji
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe

2
nights
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 16th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Sarusawa Pond, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then stroll around Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Saho River, delve into the lush surroundings at Kasugayama, then see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally steep yourself in history at Tegaimon.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nara driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Saho River ©
Saho River
Kasugayama ©
Kasugayama

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, get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and make a trip to Arashiyama.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kyoto tour itinerary planning app .

You can take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kobe.

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

2
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): find something for the whole family at Rokkosan Field Athletic, gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, and then don't miss a visit to Kazefukiiwa. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum and then let little ones run wild at Akashi National Government Park.

For ratings and other tourist information, go to the Kobe trip itinerary builder .

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kobe

Theme Parks Parks Fun & Games
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Rokkosan Field Athletic ©
Rokkosan Field Athletic
Akashi National Government Park ©
Akashi National Government Park

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