12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + bus:  10​h 15​min
1
Kobe
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
2
Kita
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Nara
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Singapore


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2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Kobe Port Tower and then shop like a local with Chinatown (Nankinmachi). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Kokoen Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and then wander the streets of Kobe Harborland.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kobe online sightseeing planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Kobe is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Kobe. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Singapore in November, with highs in Kobe at 19°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kita.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Himeji
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

3
nights
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
Kita is known for . Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shibukawa Shrine.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kita online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Kobe to Kita takes an hour. In November, daily temperatures in Kita can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nara.

Things to do in Kita

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Shibukawa Shrine
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nara trip planner .

Getting from Kita to Nara by car takes about an hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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, parks, classes, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo-jo Castle.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Nara. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

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
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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