9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
+2
Fly + bus + train:  12​h 15​min
1
Nikko
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Mito
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Kusatsu-machi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Saitama
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Singapore

2
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 29th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Futarasan jinja, snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge, then admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, then explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, and finally steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Ryuzu Waterfall, then take in the pleasant sights at Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nikko tour planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Nikko is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Singapore to Nikko, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, things will get much colder in Nikko: highs are around 11°C and lows about 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Mito.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Kegon Falls ©
Kegon Falls
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Lake Chuzenji ©
Lake Chuzenji

2
nights
Mito

Mito ©
Quaint and historic, Mito serves as the capital of Ibaraki Prefecture, once a castle town and stronghold for the Edo-period Mito clan.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Semba Boadwalk, let the kids burn off some steam at Hitachi Seaside Park, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aqua World Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Aquarium, and finally look for gifts at Sun Green Asahi. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Kairakuen Park, browse the collection at Sagawa Library, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ishikiri Sammyaku, then contemplate the long history of Oyama-ji Temple Tomiya Kannon, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakuo-in Temple.

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You can drive from Nikko to Mito in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nikko in December, expect little chillier with lows of 0°C in Mito. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kusatsu-machi.

Things to do in Mito

Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Sakuragawa, Aqua World Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Aquarium, Sun Green Asahi, Ishikiri Sammyaku, Hitachi Seaside Park
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Hitachi Seaside Park ©
Hitachi Seaside Park
Kairakuen Park
Kairakuen Park
Semba Boadwalk ©
Semba Boadwalk

2
nights
Kusatsu-machi

Kusatsu-machi ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): make a trip to Yubatake, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then walk around Sainokawara Park, and finally make a trip to Manza Onsen Observation Deck. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Netsunoyu, find something for the whole family at Kusatsu Forest Stage, then get engrossed in the history at Jukambo National Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Haruna Shrine.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kusatsu-machi travel planner.

Drive from Mito to Kusatsu-machi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Mito in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Kusatsu-machi: temperatures range from 3°C by day to -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Saitama.

Things to do in Kusatsu-machi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Manza Onsen Observation Deck, Haruna Shrine
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Yubatake ©
Yubatake
Onsen Resorts
Sainokawara Park ©
Sainokawara Park

2
nights
Saitama

Saitama ©
Though a fairly large city in its own right, Saitama has become known primarily for its proximity to the capital, Tokyo.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): look for gifts at Machikan Hamono, don't miss a visit to Kawagoe Ichibangai Shopping Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitain, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine, then walk around Shimin no Mori, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Risu no Ie.

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You can drive from Kusatsu-machi to Saitama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kusatsu-machi in January, expect Saitama to be a bit warmer, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saitama

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Kawagoe
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Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine ©
Kitain ©
Kitain
Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine ©
Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine

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