12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
+2
Fly + subway + train:  10​h
1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Ishigaki
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Singapore

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, head off the coast to Miyajima, and then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Hiroshima is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Singapore in December: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 13°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Higashiyama), Kyoto (Kinkaku-ji & Gion) and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, take a stroll through Dotonbori, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip builder site .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kyoto
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner .

You can take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Tokyo are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

3
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Nosoko, head outdoors with Sukuji Beach, then explore the activities along Kabira Bay, and finally get engrossed in the history at Ishigaki Yaima Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, then kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, and finally get outside with Yarabudake.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki vacation tool .

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Ishigaki takes 5 hours. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Ishigaki, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing

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