18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
4
Nara
— 3 nights
5
Osaka
— 2 nights

5
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.
Have a day of magic on the 7th (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, discover the magic at Tokyo DisneySea, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and wander the streets of Odaiba District.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online travel planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Tokyo is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Singapore Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Singapore in December: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around °C and lows are around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, have fun at SHA-RAKU Archery Experience, and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, thenappreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, thencontemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip tool.

You can fly from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Hiroshima are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

3
nights
Nara

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nara side-trips: Studio Yamato Zakura (in Yamatotakada) and Ikaruga-cho (Horyu-ji Temple & Chuguji Temple). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Todai-ji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Daibutsuden.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Nara road trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Nara can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Ikaruga-cho, Tomyo-ji Temple, Studio Yamato Zakura
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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 19th (Sat), get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan and then enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, and then wander the streets of Dotombori District.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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