15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Nagano
— 2 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Kyoto — 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mt. Kurama and Mt. Rokko. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas and Kyoto Gyoen National Garden. Venture out of the city with trips to Nishinomiya (Susanoo Shrine, Nishinomiya Shrine, &more). It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji and awaken your taste buds at Kyoto Insider Sake Experience.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online driving holiday planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Kyoto is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in January, things will get colder in Kyoto: highs are around 10°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagano.
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Nagano — 2 nights

Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 5th (Thu), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nagano online trip builder.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Nagano in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, tram, and train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Kyoto in January, with highs in Nagano at 3°C and lows at -3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Tokyo.
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Tokyo — 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kagurazaka and Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Enoshima Island and Shichirigahama Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Samukawa Shrine in Samukawa-machi (about 1h 5 min away). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Odaiba District, shop like a local with Nihonbashi Bridge, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koami Shrine.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip maker app.

Traveling by train from Nagano to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Nagano in January; daily highs in Tokyo reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. On the 10th (Tue), you'll travel to Nikko.
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Nikko — 3 nights

A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Visiting Marunuma Kogen Ski Place and Odashirogahara will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hunter Mt. Shiobara and Sainoko Lake. Change things up with a short trip to Eastwood Country Club in Utsunomiya (about 46 minutes away). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, admire the sheer force of Urami Waterfall, browse the exhibits of Kanaya Hotel History House, and sample some tasty brews at Katayama Shuzo.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nikko online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in January: highs in Nikko hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.
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Tokyo — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Hie Jinjya and then kick back and relax at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park). Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yushima Tenmangu, then take a stroll through Ueno District, and finally browse the exhibits of Kanda Myojin.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip website.

You can drive from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nikko in January: highs in Tokyo hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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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.
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