8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  10​h 45​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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

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

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. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Singapore in December; daily highs in Tokyo reach 14°C and lows reach 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, and finally see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa holiday builder .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in December, you will find days in Kanazawa are little chillier (11°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

3
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 19th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto day trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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