22 days in Japan Itinerary

22 days in Japan Itinerary

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22 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
4
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + train + bus:  6​h 45​min
6
Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + foot + train + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Singapore

3
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.
Have a day of magic on the 13th (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo online route 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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Tokyo. In December, Tokyo is much colder than Singapore - with highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, and admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa online trip maker .

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in December, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are slightly colder, around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more) and Kuchu Teien Observatory (in Kita). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, stop by Hayakawa Hamonoten, and wander the streets of Gion.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary maker website .

Take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

3
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Himeji side-trips: Bizen (Old Shizutani School & FAN Museum) and Daisen Outlook (in Mimasaka). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt Shosha hiking.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip itinerary maker website .

Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Bizen, Mt. Takamikura, Daisen Outlook, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
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Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, & more). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip maker tool .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

2
nights
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): make a trip to Kouri Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Kouri Beach, and then step off the mainland to explore Kouri-jima Island. Keep things going the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Okichan Theater, then stroll around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Nakijin Castle Ruins.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Motobu-cho online holiday builder .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Hiroshima to Motobu-cho in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Hiroshima in December, expect Motobu-cho to be a bit warmer, temps between 24°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches

Side Trip

Nakijin-son
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Kouri Ohashi ©
Kouri Ohashi
Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park ©

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