8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Yokohama
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h
End: Singapore

2
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.
On the 20th (Fri), take a stroll through Dotonbori and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. On the next day, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and then have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip maker .

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. Traveling from Singapore to Osaka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Singapore in December, with highs in Osaka at 13°C and lows at 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

2
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.
On the 22nd (Sun), contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji and then make a trip to Arashiyama.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary builder website .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

2
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.
On the 24th (Tue), make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and then get in on the family fun at Tokyo Disneyland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, then get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tokyo day trip planner .

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. December in Tokyo sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): trek along Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sojiji, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sankeien Gardens.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Yokohama trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Yokohama takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Yokohama, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yokohama

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Sojiji
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Sankeien Gardens ©
Sankeien Gardens
Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo ©
Katabira-gawa Shinsui Ryokudo
Sojiji ©
Sojiji

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