15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Kita
— 2 nights
train:  5​h
5
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Singapore


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5
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 Metropolitan Government Buildings and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Urayasu (about 30 minutes away). Have a day of magic on the 19th (Wed) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip 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 difference when traveling from Singapore to Tokyo is 1 hour. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Singapore in December: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 14°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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 23rd (Sun), cruise along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, make a trip to Omicho Market, then make a trip to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, and finally wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in December, you will find days in Kanazawa are a bit cooler (11°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Toei Kyoto Studio Park and Monkey Park Iwatayama. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

For maps and more tourist information, read our Kyoto online day trip planner .

Take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kita.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Toei Kyoto Studio Park ©
Toei Kyoto Studio Park
Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama

2
nights
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): make a trip to Abeno Harukas, get in on the family fun at SpaWorld, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and finally snap pictures at Oe Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, enjoy breathtaking views from Tsutenkaku, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, then shop like a local with Dotonbori, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Minami (Namba).

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kita road trip planner.

Drive from Kyoto to Kita in 1.5 hours. In December in Kita, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kita

Neighborhoods Shopping Theme Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
SpaWorld ©
SpaWorld
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

1
night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hakone-machi trip planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kita to Hakone-machi. Traveling from Kita in December, you will find days in Hakone-machi are little chillier (8°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Theme Parks Spas Baths
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Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

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