17 days in Japan Itinerary

17 days in Japan Itinerary

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17 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
2
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 6 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Singapore

3
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Kōtoku-in, Ginza, Tsukiji Nippon Fish Port Market, and other attractions. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Odaiba, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Tokyo online trip itinerary builder .

Singapore, Singapore to Tokyo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Tokyo. Traveling from Singapore in November, expect Tokyo to be much colder, temps between 19°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kōtoku-in
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hakone Moto Tsumiya Shrine, Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): walk around Gora Park, then take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, then look for gifts at Owakudani Kurotamago Kan, and finally explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then get engrossed in the history at Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakone Moto Tsumiya Shrine.

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You can take a train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in December: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 8°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Suntory Yamazaki Distillery, NARAWALK, Kofuku-ji Temple, and other attractions. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Todai-ji Temple in Nara, approximately 1 hour away. It doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip maker .

Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Kyoto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for the train ride to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Nara, Suntory Yamazaki Distillery
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove ©
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

6
nights
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.
You've added Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, Mt. Rokko, Sannomiya Shrine, and other attractions to your itinerary. Family-friendly places like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Osaka planner .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. December in Osaka sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kobe
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Mt. Rokko ©
Mt. Rokko

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