12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Himeji
— Few hours
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Kobe
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Singapore

4
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: Minoo Park (in Mino) and Nara (Isuien Garden, Nara Park, & more). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, take a stroll through Midosuji Street, and get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip maker app .

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Singapore in November: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 20°C and lows are around 10°C. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Minoo Park
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

few
hours
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 3rd (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Himeji vacation builder app .

Getting from Osaka to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

1
night
Kobe

Kobe
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kobe road trip planning site .

Kobe is just a stone's throw from Himeji. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Togetsukyo Bridge, Rurikoin, and other attractions. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District, and take a stroll through Gion.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planner .

Kyoto is very close to Kobe. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kuromon Market as well as Universal Studios Japan. On your second day here, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Osaka itinerary planner.

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. On the 10th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kuromon Market ©
Kuromon Market

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