17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
3
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
4
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Singapore

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the galleries of Tokyo National Museum, make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Tokyo online tour itinerary maker .

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 changes from Singapore Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Singapore in December, with highs in Tokyo at 14°C and lows at 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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 in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, walk around Nara Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Todai-ji Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple, then admire the verdant scenery at Iwakura Valley, and then steep yourself in history at Byodoin.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Nara online journey planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In December in Nara, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Iwakura Valley, Byodoin
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (in Chuo), Himeji (Koko-en Garden & Himeji Castle) and Mt. Koya (in Koya-cho). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Osaka itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to drive. In December in Osaka, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Himeji, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, Mt. Koya
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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