16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kanazawa
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Nagano
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Nigatsu-do Temple, & more). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, see the interesting displays at Museum of Oriental Ceramics, get your game on at Happy Owl Cafe Chouette, and wander the streets of Dotonbori.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary app .

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. The time zone changes from Singapore Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect Osaka to be colder, temps between 13°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nara
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Nara Park ©
Nara 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 8th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Kyoto trip simple and quick.

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Nature Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fuuka-Kimono ©
Fuuka-Kimono
Midorogaike Pond ©
Midorogaike Pond

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 10th (Tue): stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and then contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip app .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Wed) before leaving for Nagano.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Museums Neighborhoods
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

4
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Karuizawa prince shopping plaza. Venture out of the city with trips to Karuizawa-machi (Kumoba Pond, Stone Church, & more), Matsumoto Castle (in Matsumoto) and Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort (in Nozawaonsen-mura). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Matsushiro, and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nagano trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Nagano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In December, Nagano is little chillier than Kanazawa - with highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks Historic Sites Winter Sports

Side Trips

Karuizawa-machi, Matsumoto Castle, Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Onsen Resorts
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Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Karuizawa prince shopping plaza ©
Karuizawa prince shopping plaza

4
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.
Attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online sightseeing planner .

Take a train from Nagano to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Nagano in December, with highs in Tokyo at 14°C and lows at 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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