17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + Drive:  10​h 45​min
1
Tokoname
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Nara
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Tamano
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Kasaoka
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Matsuyama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Takamatsu
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
8
Himeji
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
9
Ise
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Tokoname
— Few hours
Drive + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Singapore

1
night
Tokoname

Tokoname ©
Tokoname is a city located in Aichi Prefecture, Japan.In May 2015 the city had an estimated population of 57.024 and a population density of 1020 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): make a trip to Tokoname Manekineko Street, examine the collection at Togama Square Museum, then take in the pleasant sights at Dokanzaka, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Tokoname City Pottery Footpath. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Centrair Sky Deck and then walk around Kowaki Park.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokoname driving holiday planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Tokoname is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Tokoname. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Singapore in October, with highs in Tokoname at 26°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Tokoname

Parks Museums
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Kowaki Park ©
Kowaki Park
Centrair Sky Deck ©
Centrair Sky Deck

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.
To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Nara trip planner .

You can drive from Tokoname to Nara in 2.5 hours. October in Nara sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 20°C at night. You'll set off for Tamano on the 19th (Sat).

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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night
Tamano

Tamano ©
Tamano is a city located in southern Okayama Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Benesse House Museum, then head off the coast to Naoshima, and then admire the striking features of Art House Project. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Ojigadake and then explore the world behind art at Chichu Art Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tamano vacation planner.

You can drive from Nara to Tamano in 4 hours. Traveling from Nara in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Tamano, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kasaoka.

Things to do in Tamano

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Naoshima-cho
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Naoshima ©
Naoshima
Naoshima Bath ©
Naoshima Bath
Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum

1
night
Kasaoka

Kasaoka ©
Kasaoka is a city located in Okayama Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Daisen-In Temple.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kasaoka attractions planner.

You can drive from Tamano to Kasaoka in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Kasaoka are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kasaoka

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Manabe Island ©
Manabe Island

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore hidden gems such as Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Mitaki Temple. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, explore the activities along Motoyasu River, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kasaoka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple

2
nights
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, step off the mainland to explore Gogoshima Island, and then don't miss a visit to Hojo Kashima.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsuyama online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Hiroshima to Matsuyama in 3.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Matsuyama can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Gogoshima Island ©
Gogoshima Island
Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Hojo Kashima ©
Hojo Kashima

3
nights
Takamatsu

Takamatsu
A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sanuki Kid's Kingdom and Dogama. Step out of Takamatsu to go to Mima and see Mt. Tsurugi, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Ritsurin Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kozaiji Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Cape Osaki-no-Hana, and admire the natural beauty at Kagawa Engei Sogo Center.

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You can drive from Matsuyama to Takamatsu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Takamatsu sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Himeji.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mt. Tsurugi, Dogama
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Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Dogama ©
Dogama
Mt. Tsurugi ©
Mt. Tsurugi

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hours
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 29th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagoyama Reien Busharito.

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

Traveling by train from Takamatsu to Himeji takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Takamatsu in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Himeji, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites
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Nagoyama Reien Busharito ©
Nagoyama Reien Busharito

2
nights
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
On the 30th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Okage Yokocho, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ise Grand Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Sengukan, steep yourself in history at Aramatsurinomiya, then meet the residents at Ise Sea Paradise (Ise Meotoiwa Interactive Aquarium), and finally contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meotoiwa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Futami Okitama Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matsuo Kanonji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine.

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You can drive from Himeji to Ise in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Ise can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to drive to Tokoname.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi

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hours
Tokoname

Tokoname
To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tokoname holiday planning site .

You can drive from Ise to Tokoname in 2 hours. You will leave for home on the 31st (Thu).

Things to do in Tokoname

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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