12 days in Kobe, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

12 days in Kobe, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

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12 days in Kobe, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

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

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kobe: Himeji (Kokoen Garden & Himeji Castle) and KidZania Koshien (in Nishinomiya). The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, shop like a local with Chinatown (Nankinmachi), and appreciate the views at Arima Onsen.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kobe tour planning website .

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. Traveling from Singapore in December, things will get cooler in Kobe: highs are around 13°C and lows about 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Naniwa.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Himeji, KidZania Koshien
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
KidZania Koshien ©
KidZania Koshien

3
nights
Naniwa

Naniwa ©
Bring the kids along to Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Naniwa trip maker tool .

You can drive from Kobe to Naniwa in an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Naniwa can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Naniwa

Theme Parks Historic Sites Baths

Side Trip

Osaka
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
SpaWorld ©
SpaWorld

5
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, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and take a stroll through Gion.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip builder site .

Drive from Naniwa to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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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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