13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 30​min
4
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
5
Fuji
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  10​h
End: Singapore

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. On your second day here, shop like a local with Dotonbori, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

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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 December, expect Osaka to be much colder, temps between 13°C and 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe

3
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, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip site .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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 17th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Tokyo are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Fuji.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

1
night
Fuji

Fuji ©
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Imamiya Tea Plantation, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then head outdoors with Fujigawa Service Area - Inbound, and finally play a few rounds at River Fuji Country Club.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Fuji trip maker tool .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Fuji in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In December in Fuji, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Fuji

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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River Fuji Country Club ©
River Fuji Country Club

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 22nd (Sun), see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, then admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium. On the next day, sample the tasty concoctions at Asahi Beer Nagoya Brewery and then walk around Chubu Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nagoya trip maker app .

Getting from Fuji to Nagoya by car takes about 3 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Fuji in December: high temperatures in Nagoya hover around 9°C and lows are around 3°C. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Chubu Park
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Chubu Park ©
Chubu Park

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