9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + Train:  13​h 30​min
1
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Singapore

1
night
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, then wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, then hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, and finally see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Takayama trip itinerary website .

Singapore, Singapore to Takayama is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Takayama. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Singapore in December: high temperatures in Takayama hover around 9°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Shirakawa-mura.

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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

1
night
Shirakawa-mura

Shirakawa-mura ©
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): admire the sheer force of Fukube Falls, cruise along Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road, then get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then steep yourself in history at Wada House, and finally make a trip to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Shirakawa-mura online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Takayama to Shirakawa-mura takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

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Hakusan
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Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
Wada House ©
Wada House

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): look for gifts at MIKOTO Tea House, steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then walk around Kenrokuen Garden, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Shirakawa-mura to Kanazawa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Ninja Temple ©
Ninja Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and then don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and then wander the streets of Gion.

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Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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 28th (Sat): take a stroll through Dotonbori. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka tour itinerary planner.

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. December in Osaka sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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