18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Singapore
+2
Subway + Fly + Train:  9 h 45 min
1
Osaka
— 5 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto
— 7 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly + Subway:  10 h 15 min
End: Singapore

5
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.
You've now added Sunset Owl Cafe to your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dotombori District and Kasuga Grand Shrine. Your inner history buff will appreciate Osaka Castle and Kofuku-ji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Rokuen, &more) and Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) (in Kobe). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, stop by Minami (Namba), get into the urban bustle at Daimaru Museum Umeda, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senko-ji Temple.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Osaka sightseeing planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10- hour combination of subway, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of subway, flight, and bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Singapore to Osaka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect Osaka to be colder, temps between 13°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), Nishinomiya Shrine
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

7
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Kyoto Station Building. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Gion. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Ise Grand Shrine (in Ise) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and look for all kinds of wild species at Yase Momiji no Komichi.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary site.

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Ise Grand Shrine, Todai-ji Temple, Nagoya Castle
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Senso-ji Temple and Ginza. Head to Asakusa and Takeshita Streetfor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Odaiba District, stop by Akihabara, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tokyo trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. December in Tokyo sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Ginza ©
Ginza

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