29 days in Japan Itinerary

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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Koya-cho
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Hakone-machi
— 4 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly
5
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Nagasaki — 2 nights

City of Peace

The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
Take a break from Nagasaki with a short trip to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo, about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, make a trip to Glover Garden, and see the interesting displays at Dejima.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nagasaki trip planning app.

Singapore, Singapore to Nagasaki is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Nagasaki is 1 hour. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Singapore in December; daily highs in Nagasaki reach 13°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Koya-cho.
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Koya-cho — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at Healing Space Koyasan Uguisu Seitaiin, make a trip to Koyasan Danjo Garan, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumagai-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-in Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koyasan Okunoin, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ichijo-in Temple, and finally appreciate the views at Katsuragi Highlands.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Koya-cho trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Nagasaki to Koya-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. December in Koya-cho sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to fly to Hakone-machi.
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Hakone-machi — 4 nights

Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hakone-machi: Chureito Pagoda (in Fujiyoshida), Kengamine (in Fujinomiya) and Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Ide Sake Brewery & Lake Kawaguchi). There's much more to do: stroll through Mount Fuji, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Hakone, get great views at Hakone Ropeway, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi online visit planner.

Getting from Koya-cho to Hakone-machi by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Koya-cho in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 8°C by day to 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.
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Tokyo — 5 nights

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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

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Traveling by combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Hakone-machi in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 14°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Kanazawa.
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Kanazawa — 4 nights

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more) and Komatsu (Natadera Temple & Aratama Valley). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, and steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

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You can fly from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.
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Kyoto — 6 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka (Four-M & Universal Studios Japan). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Kyoto online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.
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Himeji — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, then steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and then see the interesting displays at Ako City Folk Shiryokan.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Himeji trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Kyoto to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.
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Hiroshima — 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo & Miyajima). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online tour planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Japan travel guide

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Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.
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