8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
+3
Fly + train + subway + train:  11​h 30​min
1
Himeji
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + train:  3​h 30​min
2
Ise
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
3
Wakayama
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Singapore

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mt Shosha hiking. On the 18th (Sat), stop by Yamasa Kamaboko Yumesenkan. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, hike along Mt Shosha hiking, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Himeji online trip builder .

Singapore, Singapore to Himeji is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Himeji due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Singapore, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Himeji, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 20°C. On the 20th (Mon), you'll travel to Wakayama.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

2
nights
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): meet the residents at Toba Aquarium, take in the spiritual surroundings of Izawanomiya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, then take an in-depth tour of Sengukan, and finally contemplate the long history of Oharai-machi. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Aramatsurinomiya, don't miss a visit to Hinjitsukan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Meotoiwa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yamato-hime Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Okage Yokocho, and finally see the interesting displays at Okageza.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ise vacation builder .

You can drive from Himeji to Ise in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Ise can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. On the 22nd (Wed), you're off toWakayama.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

Toba Aquarium, Izawanomiya
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Izawanomiya ©
Izawanomiya
Toba Aquarium ©
Toba Aquarium
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi

1
night
Wakayama

Wakayama
Split into two parts by the Kinokawa River, the city of Wakayama stands nestled in the eponymous plain, overlooked by a historic hilltop castle that was rebuilt after World War II.
Mt. Koya has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): make a trip to Hinokumajingu Kunikakasujingu, take in the pleasant sights at Nakasuji Family Former Residence, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itakiso Shrine, walk around Kiminocho Kamifureai Park, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inunaki, and finally revel in the low prices at Rinku Premium Outlets.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Wakayama attractions website .

You can drive from Himeji to Wakayama in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. May in Wakayama sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Wakayama

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Izumisano, Kiminocho Kamifureai Park
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2
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.
On the 23rd (Thu), walk around Motoibarakigawa Ryokuchi Park, don't miss a visit to Akutagawa Ryokuchi, don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, contemplate the long history of Byodoin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, then steep yourself in history at Ninna-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenryuji Temple, and finally make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Osaka vacation builder app .

You can drive from Wakayama to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Osaka sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto, Byodoin, Akutagawa Ryokuchi, Motoibarakigawa Ryokuchi Park
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nanzen-ji Temple ©
Nanzen-ji Temple

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