12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday planner

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Bus to Kranji Stn, Bus to Singapore Changi, Fly to Tokyo Haneda
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train to Nagoya, Train to Ise
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Ise
— 1 night
Drive
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Osaka
— 1 night
Fly
5
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
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Fly to Singapore Changi, Bus to Khatib, Bus to Johor Bahru

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Tokyo

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take a stroll through Ginza, take a stroll through Odaiba District, and then make a trip to Shibuya Crossing. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, take a stroll through Ueno District, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of University of Tokyo.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tokyo travel route app.

Johor Bahru, Malaysia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or fly. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Johor Bahru in January, with highs in Tokyo at 11°C and lows at 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Ise.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

Ise

— 1 night
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 4th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, see the interesting displays at Okageza, steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine, then get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyominomiya.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Ise travel route planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Ise in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Tokyo in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Ise, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:

Kyoto

— 3 nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Arashiyama. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and take in the pleasant sights at Gion.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Ise to Kyoto by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ise in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kyoto, with lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:

Osaka

— 1 night
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 8th (Mon), find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan and then wander the streets of Dotombori District.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Osaka, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:

Miyakojima

— 2 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 9th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, and finally snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, snap pictures at Kurima Bridge, visit a coastal fixture at Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse, don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape, then head outdoors with Aragusuku Beach, and finally step off the mainland to explore Kouri Island.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Miyakojima road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Miyakojima takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Osaka in January, expect Miyakojima to be warmer, temps between 24°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:

Ishigaki

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): stroll around Kabira Park, kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and finally walk around Banna Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.