15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + Bus:  10​h
1
Kobe
— 4 nights
Train:  30​min
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
3
Nara
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Kyotango
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
6
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Singapore

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Shoshazan Engyoji and Otsuka Museum of Art. Venture out of the city with trips to Awaji (Izanagi Shrine & Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum), Onaruto Bridge (in Naruto) and Onokorojima Shrine (in Minamiawaji). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Takeda Castle Ruins, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, take in the views from Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, and appreciate the views at Arima Onsen.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kobe online route planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Kobe is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Kobe due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in November, expect Kobe to be cooler, temps between 19°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Himeji, Naruto, Awaji, Onokorojima Shrine, Takeda Castle Ruins
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 26:
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Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum ©
Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji
Otsuka Museum of Art ©
Otsuka Museum of Art

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.
On the 27th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, then wander the streets of Dotonbori, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kobe. November in Osaka sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 28:
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Tempozan Ferris Wheel ©
Tempozan Ferris Wheel

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Nara road trip planning site .

Take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. November in Nara sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Kyotango.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Find places to stay Nov 28 — 29:
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

2
nights
Kyotango

Kyotango ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): stroll around Kasamatsu Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Amanohashidate, and then steep yourself in history at Ine no Funaya. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Toyooka City Konotori Bunkakan, walk around Genbudo Park, then don't miss a visit to Toyooka Keikodo, then appreciate the history behind Oishi Riku Ihatsuzuka, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nakashima Shrine.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kyotango online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyotango takes 2.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Kyotango can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kyotango

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Toyooka, Miyazu, Ine no Funaya
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 1:
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Amanohashidate ©
Amanohashidate
Ine no Funaya ©
Ine no Funaya
Kasamatsu Park ©
Kasamatsu Park

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 2nd (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and finally make a trip to Gion.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip website .

You can drive from Kyotango to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Kyotango in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, examine the collection at Samurai Museum, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

Plan trip to Tokyo with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 6:
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Samurai Museum ©
Samurai Museum

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