Trip Overview

It was our first trip to Japan and we had a absolutely wonderful time. Prior to the trip I was wondering if I should make it a DIY trip or join a guided tour. I am glad we decided to venture on our own despite our language handicap.

I wanted this trip to be successful so I carefully drew up a detailed plan, pre-booked all our accommodations, got ready all our destination mapcodes, rented a car with an English GPS and rented a wifi router for 24/7 unlimited internet connection.


Driving Route

The many hours of planning paid off, we had the most memorable trip, every attraction was a delight and we achieved 99% of all planned attractions. Though we have no knowledge of the Japanese language and was in Japan for the first time we did not get lost at all. We had a awesome 16 days.

In the 16 days we had driven over 2200km and all in for this entire DIY trip it costed ¥456000 (SGD$5700.00) for both of us. The cost included flights, insurance, rental car, petrol, accommodation, entrance tickets, food and shopping. 

This was our first time seeing autumn colors and it was so awesome and magical. Japanese celebrates autumn colors in a big way which definitely make Japan one of the best places in the world to see autumn.

Come with us to experience what we had seen (click on days listed below)

  • Narita
  • Tokyo Skytree
  • Lake Yamanaka
  • Lake Kawaguchi
  • Songokuhara Pampass Field
  • Lake Ashinoko
  • Hakone Shrine
  • Owakudani Boiling Valley
  • Hamamatsu City


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  • Korankei Gorge
  • Iga, Mei Prefecture
  • Mount Yoshino
  • Osaka City
  • Fushimi-inari Taisha
  • Kiyomizu-dera Temple
  • Higashiyama District
  • Eizan Railway Momiji Tunnel


  • Kinakuji (Golden Pavilion)
  • Arashiyama
  • Sagano Bamboo Forest
  • Hiyoshi-taisha
  • Eikando Nishimachi
  • Keisoku-ji
  • Metasequoia Road (Makino Picland
  • Kanazawa Kenrokuen
  • Shirakawago Historical Village
  • Matsuri no Mori
  • Magome Post town
  • Narai Post town
  • Matsumoto Castle
  • Jigokudani Snow Monkey
  • Yokohama Port
  • Tokyo Bay Aqua Line
  • Yoro Keikoku (Yoro valley)
  • Awamata Falls
  • Icho Namiki Avenue
  • Takeshita Street
  • Yoyogi Park
  • Ginza District
  • Odaiba District

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