8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

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, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, visit Odaiba, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tokyo holiday planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Tokyo is an approximately 10- 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. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Singapore in December: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 14°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): make a trip to Omicho Market, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa day trip planning app.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 3°C at night. 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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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