16 days in Japan Itinerary

16 days in Japan Itinerary

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16 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10 h
1
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Nagiso-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Nozawaonsen-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Hakuba-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Bus + Train:  1 h 15 min
7
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  10 h 15 min
End: Singapore

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Honten, then see the interesting displays at Mint Museum, and finally make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Osaka itinerary builder app .

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Osaka due to the time zone difference. In April, Osaka is colder than Singapore - with highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Nara
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Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Hankyu Umeda Honten ©
Hankyu Umeda Honten

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Toji and Ninna-ji Temple. Nanzen-ji Temple and Pontocho are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenryuji Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, and make a trip to Daigo-ji Temple.

To see where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip maker site .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Nagiso-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Toji ©
Toji
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Nanzen-ji Temple ©
Nanzen-ji Temple

1
night
Nagiso-machi

Nagiso-machi ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): hike along Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail and then hike along Nakasendo Tsumagojuku.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nagiso-machi trip website .

You can drive from Kyoto to Nagiso-machi in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Kyoto in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nagiso-machi: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Nozawaonsen-mura.

Things to do in Nagiso-machi

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail
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Nakasendo Tsumagojuku ©
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku
Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail ©
Nakasendo Magome Walking Trail

1
night
Nozawaonsen-mura

Nozawaonsen-mura ©
Many visitors take a trip to Nozawaonsen-mura, a picturesque hot spring village in Nagano Prefecture, to get away from it all.
On the 30th (Thu), hit the slopes at Nozawa Onsen and then fly down the slopes at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nozawaonsen-mura journey app .

Traveling by car from Nagiso-machi to Nozawaonsen-mura takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hakuba-mura.

Things to do in Nozawaonsen-mura

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors
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Nozawa Onsen ©
Nozawa Onsen
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ©
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort

1
night
Hakuba-mura

Hakuba-mura ©
Skiing enthusiasts traveling in Japan should consider a trip to Hakuba-mura: tucked away in the Northern Alps, this village hosted several competitions during the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): get outside with Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park, head outdoors with Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort, then wander the streets of Hakuba, then take in the awesome beauty at Happoone, and finally fly down the slopes at Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden.

For traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hakuba-mura holiday builder site .

You can drive from Nozawaonsen-mura to Hakuba-mura in 2 hours. In April in Hakuba-mura, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Hakuba-mura

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort ©
Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort
Hakuba ©
Hakuba
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park ©
Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 2nd (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Okada Museum of Art, admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, then steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and finally trek along Hakone Stone‐paved Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Hakone Museum of Art, stroll around Onshi Hakone Park, examine the collection at Lalique Museum Hakone, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pola Museum of Art, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Marudake.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Hakuba-mura to Hakone-machi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Traveling from Hakuba-mura in May, you will find days in Hakone-machi are little chillier (21°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Nature
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone

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.
Get some cultural insight at Yanaka and Ueno. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nezu Shrine and Tokyo National Museum. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zojo-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), get your game on at Samurai Armor Photo Studio, and examine the collection at Samurai Museum.

To see reviews and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online trip itinerary builder .

Do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in May: highs in Tokyo hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 19°C. On the 8th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Yanaka ©
Yanaka
Ueno ©
Ueno

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