21 days in Japan Itinerary

21 days in Japan Itinerary

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21 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Osaka
— 7 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kobe
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
3
Kitakyushu
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Yufu
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Beppu
— 3 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  11​h
End: Singapore

7
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.
Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Tofuku-ji Temple for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Koyasan Okunoin. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Koya-cho (Mt. Koya, Koyasan Danjo Garan, & more), Higashiyama (Toyoguni Mausoleum (Toyotomi Hideyoshi's Tomb) & Kodai-ji Temple) and Mt. Kurama (in Sakyo). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and have fun and explore at Kids Plaza Osaka.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Osaka trip planning tool .

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 difference when traveling from Singapore to Osaka is 1 hour. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Singapore in November: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 20°C and lows are around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto, Koya-cho, Otsu
Find places to stay Nov 26 — Dec 3:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

4
nights
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.
Visit Takeda Castle Ruins and Himeji Castle for their historical value. Attractions like Kobe Animal Kingdom and Kobe Oji Zoo make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Maya, admire the verdant scenery at Arima Onsen, see the interesting displays at Kawasaki Good Times World, and get your game on at KidZania Koshien.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kobe planner .

Kobe is just a short distance from Osaka. In December, daytime highs in Kobe are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Nishinomiya, Himeji Castle, Takeda Castle Ruins
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Mt. Maya
Mt. Maya
Takeda Castle Ruins ©
Takeda Castle Ruins
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

2
nights
Kitakyushu

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, learn more about the world around you at Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History, and then wander the streets of Mojiko Retro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Old Mojimitsui Club, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Kaikyokan, then examine the collection at Kyushu Railway History Museum, then make a trip to Mojiko Station, and finally don't miss a visit to Kokura Castle.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kitakyushu trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by train from Kobe to Kitakyushu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; 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) early enough to drive to Yufu.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Miyajidake Shrine, Kaikyokan
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Miyajidake Shrine ©
Miyajidake Shrine
Kaikyokan ©
Kaikyokan

4
nights
Yufu

Yufu ©
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Takachiho Gorge and Onsen Resorts. Visit Amano Iwato Shrine and Kyu Hino Iin for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Takachiho-cho (Amano Yasugawara, Takachiho Shrine, & more), Kikuchi Gorge (in Kikuchi) and Daikanbo (in Aso). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Yufu, take in the dramatic scenery at Nabegataki Falls, and wander the streets of Yunotsubo Kaido.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Yufu journey planning website .

Getting from Kitakyushu to Yufu by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December in Yufu, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Yufu

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Takachiho-cho, Daikanbo, Kikuchi Gorge, Nabegataki Falls
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 13:
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Mt. Yufu ©
Mt. Yufu
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine

3
nights
Beppu

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 contemplate the long history of Ikime Shrine. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, steep yourself in history at Usajingu Shrine, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Beppu road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Yufu to Beppu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Beppu are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Usa, Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago, Onsen Resorts
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 16:
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Kijima Kogen Park ©
Kijima Kogen Park
Usajingu Shrine ©
Usajingu Shrine
African Safari ©
African Safari

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