15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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15 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
+2
Fly + subway + train:  10​h
1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kanazawa
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Naha
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Singapore

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima tour planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Hiroshima is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Hiroshima is 1 hour. Traveling from Singapore in December, things will get much colder in Hiroshima: highs are around 13°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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.
Head to Dotonbori and Hayakawa Hamonotenfor some retail therapy. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Osaka (Osaka Castle & Daimaru Museum Umeda). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, wander the streets of Gion, and get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto attractions planning website .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Nishiki Market Shopping District ©
Nishiki Market Shopping District

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): make a trip to Omicho Market, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then stop by MIKOTO Tea House, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa day trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
Shop till you drop at Ginza and Takeshita Street. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Odaiba, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, stroll through Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. December in Tokyo sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Naha.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Ginza ©
Ginza
Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street

2
nights
Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
On the 28th (Sat), stop by Agarihama Market, then step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sakimoto Shuzo Distillers, and finally don't miss a visit to Kokusaidori. Keep things going the next day: browse the different shops at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Naha trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Naha takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of train and ferry. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Naha, with highs around 24°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Naha

Shopping Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, Agarihama Market
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AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM ©
AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM
Shurijo Castle ©
Shurijo Castle
Kokusaidori ©
Kokusaidori

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