5 days in Nara, Miyagi-gun & Tokyo Itinerary

5 days in Nara, Miyagi-gun & Tokyo Itinerary

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5 days in Nara, Miyagi-gun & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + train:  10​h 30​min
1
Nara
— 1 day
train + Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Matsushima-machi
— 1 day
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Singapore

1
day
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 28th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, walk around Nara Park, then examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Todai-ji Temple.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nara journey planner .

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 little chillier temperatures when traveling from Singapore in May; daily highs in Nara reach 29°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Matsushima-machi.

Things to do in Nara

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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

1
day
Matsushima-machi

Matsushima-machi ©
Matsushima-machi has long enjoyed a reputation for its natural scenery: back in the 17th century, scholar Hayashi Gaho listed its bay as one of the Three Views of Japan.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): appreciate the views at Ogi Valley, take an in-depth tour of Michinoku Date Masamune Historical Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Entsu-in Temple, and finally go for a stroll along the water at Matsushima Bay.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Matsushima-machi trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Nara to Matsushima-machi takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nara in May, expect nights in Matsushima-machi to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsushima-machi

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Matsushima Bay ©
Matsushima Bay
Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple

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.
On the 30th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Ueno Park and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji.

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You can take a train from Matsushima-machi to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Matsushima-machi in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. On the 31st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

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Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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