21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Osaka
— 7 nights
Drive
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Kobe
— 4 nights
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Kitakyushu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yufu
— 4 nights
Drive
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Beppu
— 3 nights
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tenryuji Temple and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Kids will appreciate attractions like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Universal Studios Japan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Otsu (Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple & Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)), Koya-cho (Mt. Koya, Koyasan Okunoin, &more) and Kyoto (Toyoguni Mausoleum (Toyotomi Hideyoshi's Tomb), Kodai-ji Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Dotombori District, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, appreciate the extensive heritage of Osaka, and contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Osaka online travel route planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Osaka is 1 hour. Traveling from Singapore in November, things will get cooler in Osaka: highs are around 20°C and lows about 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 26 — Dec 3:

4
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Takeda Castle Ruins and Kobe Oji Zoo. Himeji Castle and Nishinomiya Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Kobe with a short trip to KidZania Koshien in Nishinomiya, about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rokko, admire the sheer force of Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), get to know the resident critters at Kobe Animal Kingdom, and soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kobe trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kobe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kobe are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 7:

2
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Kitakyushu

An important gateway for trade and travel between Honshu and Kyushu, the city of Kitakyushu has an old industrial waterfront and provides access to a number of natural sites across the wider region.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miyajidake Shrine, get a new perspective on nature at Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History, and then take a stroll through Mojiko Retro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Old Mojimitsui Club, meet the residents at Kaikyokan, then see the interesting displays at Kyushu Railway History Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kokura Castle.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kitakyushu trip itinerary website.

Traveling by train from Kobe to Kitakyushu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Yufu.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 9:

4
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Yufu

Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
Bring the kids along to Amano Iwato Shrine and Daikanbo. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mt. Yufu and Onsen Resorts. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yufu: Kikuchi Gorge (in Kikuchi), Nabegataki Falls (in Oguni-machi) and Takachiho-cho (Amano Yasugawara, Takachiho Shrine, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyu Hino Iin and stop by Yunotsubo Kaido.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Yufu trip planner.

Drive from Kitakyushu to Yufu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Yufu

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 13:

3
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Beppu

The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at African Safari, find something for the whole family at Kijima Kogen Park, and then steep yourself in history at Ikime Shrine. Keep things going the next day: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, contemplate the long history of Usajingu Shrine, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Beppu journey planning app.

Getting from Yufu to Beppu by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. December in Beppu sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 16:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.