9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  9​h
1
Fukuoka
— 1 night
train:  3​h
2
Osaka
— 1 day
train:  45​min
3
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Singapore

1
night
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Kumamoto Castle has been added to your itinerary. On the 12th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Fukuoka trip itinerary maker site .

Singapore, Singapore to Fukuoka is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Fukuoka due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Singapore in October; daily highs in Fukuoka reach 27°C and lows reach 19°C. On the 13th (Sun), you'll travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kumamoto Castle
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Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle

1
day
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Universal Studios Japan as well as All Star Osaka Walk. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): join in the after-dark buzz at All Star Osaka Walk and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Osaka day trip website .

Take a train from Fukuoka to Osaka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Tours Nightlife
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

2
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then stroll around Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nara day trip website .

You can take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Another option is to drive. In October, daytime highs in Nara are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cycle Kyoto as well as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle and then squeeze the most out of the city with Cycle Kyoto. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, then take a stroll through Gion, and finally shop like a local with Nishiki Market.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto travel route planner.

Take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tokyo Localized Free Walking Tour, MariCar Shinagawa and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Head to Ginza and Takeshita Streetfor some retail therapy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tokyo National Museum and Asakusa. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, take a stroll through Odaiba, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo route planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

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