15 days in Japan Itinerary

15 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Nara
— 2 nights
2
Nagoya
— 2 nights
3
Yokohama
— 3 nights
4
Kobe
— 3 nights
5
Osaka
— 3 nights

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.
On the 19th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, stroll around Nara Park, see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Todai-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Yodo River Park Sewaritei District, then steep yourself in history at Byodoin, then see the sky in a new way at Kamo Planetarium, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Nara trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Nara is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Nara is 1 hour. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Singapore in December; daily highs in Nara reach 13°C and lows reach 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Yodo River Park Sewaritei District, Kamo Planetarium, Byodoin
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

2
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then engage your brain at Nagoya City Science Museum, then make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, admire the masterpieces at Tokugawa Art Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Garden, see the interesting displays at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and finally walk around Tsuruma Park.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nagoya trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Nara to Nagoya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nara in December, expect nights in Nagoya to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Yokohama.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Garden ©
Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Garden

3
nights
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Sankeien Gardens and Yokohama Chinatown. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yokohama: Kamogawa Sea World (in Kamogawa), The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi) and Kōtoku-in (in Kamakura). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Capybara Land PUIPUI, explore the world behind art at Yokohama Museum of Art, and steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Yokohama day trip website.

You can do a combination of train and subway from Nagoya to Yokohama in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. When traveling from Nagoya in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yokohama, with highs around 14°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Kobe.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Kamogawa Sea World, The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:
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Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Kamogawa Sea World ©
Kamogawa Sea World
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

3
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.
Bring the kids along to Himeji Castle and Koko-en. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kobe: Mt. Takamikura (in Kakogawa) and Awaji Highway Oasis (in Awaji). There's much more to do: deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, observe the fascinating underwater world at Suma Aqualife Park Kobe, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kobe Animal Kingdom, and wander the streets of Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kobe trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Yokohama to Kobe takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Kobe are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trips

Himeji, Mt. Takamikura, Awaji Highway Oasis
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
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Kobe Oji Zoo ©
Kobe Oji Zoo
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Kobe Animal Kingdom ©
Kobe Animal Kingdom

3
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.
Bring the kids along to Universal Studios Japan and Ryoanji Temple. Step out of Osaka with an excursion to Bamboo Forest Street in Kyoto--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, shop like a local with Dotombori District, and get your game on at Owl Family Osaka.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Osaka sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Kobe to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Osaka, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Kyoto
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Kuchu Teien Observatory ©
Kuchu Teien Observatory

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