8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Singapore

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then explore the engaging exhibits at Kids Plaza Osaka, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori. On the next day, get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Main Store, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and finally look for gifts at Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Osaka vacation website .

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. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in November, things will get much colder in Osaka: highs are around 20°C and lows about 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Toshodaiji Temple
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Toshodaiji Temple ©
Toshodaiji Temple
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

3
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 23rd (Sat): steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, and then take a stroll through Gion. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Genkoan, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In November in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): wander the streets of Ueno, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, and finally admire the masterpieces at teamLab Borderless. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Kiyose Sunflower Farm, then enjoy the sand and surf at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), and then steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Tokyo are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Kiyose Sunflower Farm
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Ueno ©
Ueno

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