13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Singapore
Fly + train:  10​h 30​min
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
Nara
— Few hours
train:  45​min
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
Singapore

2
days
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 added Osaka Castle, Namba Parks, Shitennoji, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): browse the different shops at Namba Parks, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, make a trip to Kuromon Ichiba Market, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shitennoji, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tsutenkaku, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with Minami (Namba), then take a stroll through Shinsaibashi, and then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle Park.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka travel planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. In November, Osaka is much colder than Singapore - with highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street
Osaka Castle
Osaka Castle Park

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, steep yourself in history at Tōdai-ji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nara trip itinerary maker.

Nara is very close to Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Tōdai-ji
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine

4
days
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, parks, outdoors, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Kiyomizu-dera, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari Taisha, and make a trip to Nishiki Market.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nara in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 10°C in Kyoto. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera
Arashiyama
Fushimi Inari Taisha

4
days
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Urayasu (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). There's still lots to do: ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo vacation planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Tokyo are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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