13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + train:  8​h 30​min
1
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
2
Nagoya
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Kita
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Singapore

5
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.
Sento Imperial Palace (Sento Gosho) has been added to your itinerary. Your inner history buff will appreciate Shugakuin Imperial Villa and Kodai-ji Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Uji River and Sagano. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Kofuku-ji Temple (in Nara), Kehi no Matsubara (in Tsuruga) and Hikone Castle (in Hikone). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum, don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hachiman-bori, and enjoy breathtaking views from Kyoto Tower.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip maker tool .

Singapore, Singapore to Kyoto is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Singapore in November: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 19°C and lows are around 10°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Sat) before leaving for Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kehi no Matsubara, Hachiman-bori, Kofuku-ji Temple, Uji River, Tokai Jiyuhodo
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Sento Imperial Palace (Sento Gosho) ©
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple
Shugakuin Imperial Villa ©
Shugakuin Imperial Villa

2
nights
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.
On the 10th (Sat), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Garden, look for all kinds of wild species at Yamazaki River, step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, get curious at Nagoya City Science Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with Sakae, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Nagoya TV Tower. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, step into the grandiose world of Inuyama Castle, appreciate the views at Koran Valley, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hosho-in (Osu Kannon), then take a stroll through Osu Shopping Street, and finally stroll through Tsuruma Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nagoya online trip maker .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nagoya, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 11°C. On the 12th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kita.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Mt. Kinka, Koran Valley, Inuyama Castle
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Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Garden ©
Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Garden
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

5
nights
Kita

Kita ©
Your inner history buff will appreciate Osaka Castle and Koyasan Okunoin. Get outdoors at Mt. Koya and Kiyotaki Toge. Explore Kita's surroundings by going to Wakayama Castle (in Wakayama), Horyu-ji Temple (in Ikaruga-cho) and Koya-cho (Kongobu-ji Temple, Koyasan Danjo Garan, & more).

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kita tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nagoya to Kita takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Kita

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Koya-cho, Wakayama Castle, Horyu-ji Temple, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya

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