11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + train:  10​h 45​min
1
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Naniwa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Nagoya
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  10​h
End: Singapore


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4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nishiki Market, Kinkaku-ji and Arashiyama. Gion and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. It doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Kyoto Station Building and take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel site .

Singapore, Singapore to Kyoto is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from Singapore to Kyoto, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Singapore in December, with highs in Kyoto at 13°C and lows at 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Gion
Gion

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then wander the streets of Gokayama, and finally contemplate the long history of Shima. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, then browse the different shops at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, then get curious at Nakaya Ukichiro Museum of Snow and Ice, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Natadera Temple.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa vacation app .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In December, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Naniwa.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Natadera Temple, Gokayama, Nakaya Ukichiro Museum of Snow and Ice
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D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum
Gokayama ©
Gokayama
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

1
night
Naniwa

Naniwa ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): get in on the family fun at SpaWorld, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Midosuji Street.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Naniwa online road trip planner .

You can drive from Kanazawa to Naniwa in 4 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Naniwa

Shopping Neighborhoods Baths

Side Trip

Osaka
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Midosuji Street ©
Midosuji Street
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

3
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Legoland Japan has been added to your itinerary. On the 30th (Sun), get in on the family fun at Legoland Japan. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Nagoya road trip planning app .

Drive from Naniwa to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Naniwa in December: highs in Nagoya hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 3°C. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nagoya

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Legoland Japan ©
Legoland Japan
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Atsuta Jingu Shrine

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