11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + Train:  10 h 30 min
1
Nara
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
3
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Tottori
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Kurashiki
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
6
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: Singapore

1
night
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.
On the 13th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Saho River, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then walk around Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

Plan my day in Nara using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Singapore, Singapore to Nara is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Nara. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Singapore in December; daily highs in Nara reach 13°C and lows reach 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Saho River ©
Saho River
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, see the interesting displays at Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary tool .

Take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fuuka-Kimono ©
Fuuka-Kimono
Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum ©
Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, find something for the whole family at Taiyo Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagoyama Reien Busharito.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Himeji itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Himeji are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Tottori.

Things to do in Himeji

Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Taiyo Park ©
Taiyo Park
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nagoyama Reien Busharito ©
Nagoyama Reien Busharito

1
night
Tottori

Tottori ©
A highlight of the west of the country, Tottori sits along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
On the 18th (Wed), have fun and explore at Warabekan, explore the activities along Uradome Coast, then explore the striking landscape at Tottori Sand Dunes, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Sand Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tottori trip builder tool .

Getting from Himeji to Tottori by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In December, daytime highs in Tottori are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Kurashiki.

Things to do in Tottori

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Uradome Coast
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:
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Tottori Sand Dunes ©
Tottori Sand Dunes
Uradome Coast ©
Uradome Coast
Warabekan ©
Warabekan

1
night
Kurashiki

Kurashiki ©
A town once known for its industriousness, today Kurashiki enjoys a reputation for its architecture and art.
On the 19th (Thu), get curious at Life Park Kurashiki Science Center, let little ones run wild at Tanematsuyama Park, explore the world behind art at Ohara Museum of Art, then see the interesting displays at Japanese Rural Toy Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kurashiki holiday planner .

You can drive from Tottori to Kurashiki in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Kurashiki can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Kurashiki

Museums Fun & Games Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 19:
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Japanese Rural Toy Museum ©
Japanese Rural Toy Museum
Life Park Kurashiki Science Center ©
Life Park Kurashiki Science Center
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take a stroll through Dotonbori and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then make a trip to Abeno Harukas, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip planner.

Getting from Kurashiki to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Osaka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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