13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Kawaguchi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Shirakawa
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Kurobe
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Singapore


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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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and appreciate the history behind Hachiko.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tokyo online sightseeing planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Tokyo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone changes from Singapore Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Singapore in November, expect Tokyo to be colder, temps between 19°C and 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kawaguchi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Kawaguchi

Kawaguchi ©
Kawaguchi is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 578,727 and a population density of 9340 persons per km². On the 10th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitsuzoin Temple, admire the natural beauty at Kawaguchi Green Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saifuku-ji Temple, then don't miss a visit to Kozenin, and finally make a trip to Previously Tanaka Family House.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kawaguchi trip itinerary site .

Getting from Tokyo to Kawaguchi by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Kawaguchi

Historic Sites Parks
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Saifuku-ji Temple ©
Saifuku-ji Temple
Mitsuzoin Temple ©
Mitsuzoin Temple
Kawaguchi Green Center ©
Kawaguchi Green Center

1
night
Shirakawa

Shirakawa ©
Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Komine Castle Remains.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Shirakawa online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kawaguchi to Shirakawa takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Kawaguchi in November, expect Shirakawa to be a bit cooler, temps between 13°C and 5°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Mon) before leaving for Kurobe.

Things to do in Shirakawa

Historic Sites
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Komine Castle Remains ©
Komine Castle Remains

1
night
Kurobe

Kurobe ©
On the 12th (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Tateyama, then take a memorable drive along Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, and then go for a walk through Yuki no Otani. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Shinyamabiko Bridge, then explore the activities along Mikurigaike Pond, and then examine the collection at Firefly Squid Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kurobe trip planner .

Drive from Shirakawa to Kurobe in 5.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Shirakawa in November since evenings lows in Kurobe dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kurobe

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Tateyama-machi, Firefly Squid Museum
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Mt. Tateyama ©
Mt. Tateyama
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Mikurigaike Pond
Mikurigaike Pond

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, then wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, then examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Takayama vacation website .

You can drive from Kurobe to Takayama in 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Hida Takayama Museum of Art ©
Hida Takayama Museum of Art
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Castle, Dotonbori, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto attractions planning website .

Getting from Takayama to Kyoto by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trip

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

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