13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
2
Wakayama
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Kobe
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
5
Nagasaki
— 1 night
+2
train + subway + Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Kanazawa
— Few hours
train:  3​h 30​min
7
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Singapore

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Universal Studios Japan as well as Dotonbori. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gion and Ginkakuji Temple. When in Osaka, make a side trip to see Sanjusangendo Temple in Higashiyama, approximately 54 minutes away.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Singapore in January, things will get cooler in Osaka: highs are around 10°C and lows about 1°C. You will leave for Wakayama on the 17th (Fri).

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kyoto
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple
Gion
Gion

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Wakayama Castle, get in on the family fun at Porto Europe, then hunt for treasures at Kuroshio Market, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kimiidera Temple.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Wakayama trip planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Wakayama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Wakayama can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Wakayama

Historic Sites Shopping Theme Parks
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Wakayama Castle ©
Wakayama Castle
Kimiidera Temple ©
Kimiidera Temple
Porto Europe ©
Porto Europe

1
night
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at Kobe Animal Kingdom, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kobe Oji Zoo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Kobe Chuo Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikuta Shrine, and finally take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kobe trip planner .

Getting from Wakayama to Kobe by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Kobe Animal Kingdom ©
Kobe Animal Kingdom
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Catholic Kobe Chuo Church ©
Catholic Kobe Chuo Church

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 19th (Sun), examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Kobe to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. January in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

1
night
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, walk around Nagasaki Peace Park, wander the streets of Shinchi Chinatown, then take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, and finally contemplate the long history of Takashima Steamlined Gun.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Shinchi Chinatown ©
Shinchi Chinatown
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

few
hours
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 21st (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and then examine the collection at Ochaya Art Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Nagasaki to Kanazawa takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Nagasaki in January, with highs in Kanazawa at 7°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Odaiba and Senso-ji Temple. Attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Ginza, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, get a taste of the local shopping with Takeshita Street, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo sightseeing site .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Kanazawa, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 1°C. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Theme Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland

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