18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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Osaka
— 5 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Tokyo
— 4 nights

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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 now added Sunset Owl Cafe to your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dotombori District and Kasuga Grand Shrine. Your inner history buff will appreciate Osaka Castle and Nigatsu-do Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) (in Kobe) and Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Rokuen, &more). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, stop by Minami (Namba), get into the urban bustle at Daimaru Museum Umeda, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senko-ji Temple.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Osaka sightseeing planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Singapore to Osaka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect Osaka to be colder, temps between 13°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Nishiki Market Shopping District and M's KYOTO INFORMATION CENTER. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Arashiyama. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Ise Grand Shrine (in Ise) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and get a taste of the local shopping with Kyoto Station Building.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto day trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Senso-ji Temple and Odaiba District. Head to Ginza and Asakusafor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Takeshita Street, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and visit Akihabara.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tokyo trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. December in Tokyo sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Ginza ©
Ginza

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