19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  11​h
1
Sapporo
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Kochi
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  3​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Kita
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
6
Kobe
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Hatsukaichi
— 1 night
train:  15​min
8
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Singapore


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1
night
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
On the 20th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt. Okura Observatory, step into the grandiose world of Hokkaido Jingu, and then examine the collection at Sapporo Beer Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): hit the slopes at Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park and then see the interesting displays at Royce' Chocolate World.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sapporo attractions planning site .

Singapore, Singapore to Sapporo is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Sapporo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Singapore in November: high temperatures in Sapporo hover around 6°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Royce' Chocolate World
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Okurayama Lookout ©
Okurayama Lookout
Hokkaido Jingu ©
Hokkaido Jingu

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and finally explore the world behind art at Ghibli Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, then steep yourself in history at Tokyo National Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at National Museum of Western Art.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip maker .

You can fly from Sapporo to Tokyo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sapporo in November: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 19°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kochi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
National Museum of Western Art ©
National Museum of Western Art

1
night
Kochi

Kochi ©
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
On the 24th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Kochi Castle, then head outdoors with Wanpaku Kochi, and then take in the waterfront activity at Katsurahama Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kochi tour itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Kochi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Kochi can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kochi

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Katsura Hama ©
Katsura Hama
Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then get great views at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Nijo-jo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yasaka Shrine, and finally take a stroll through Gion.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Kochi to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In November in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kita.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

2
nights
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
On the 27th (Tue), wander the streets of Minami (Namba) and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kita online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Kyoto to Kita in 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Kita can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kobe.

Things to do in Kita

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 28:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

1
night
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Kobe Harborland, stroll through Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, and then appreciate the views at Arima Onsen.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kobe trip app .

You can drive from Kita to Kobe in an hour. In November, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can take a train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Kobe

Spas Baths Parks
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Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland

1
night
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
On the 30th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daishoin Temple, then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Misen.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Hatsukaichi travel route planner.

Take a train from Kobe to Hatsukaichi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Mt. Misen ©
Mt. Misen
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple

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 1st (Sat): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and finally appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima tour itinerary planner.

Hiroshima is just a stone's throw from Hatsukaichi. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kure
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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

5
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Escape the urban bustle at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble and Yonehara Beach. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Kondoi Beach and Ishigaki Yaima Village. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Cape Hirakubozaki, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, enjoy the sand and surf at Fusaki Beach, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ishigaki travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and flight. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hiroshima in December: highs in Ishigaki hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 20°C. On the 7th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Taketomi-cho, Taketomi Port
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Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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