12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to London Heathrow

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Tokyo

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Nezu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, make a trip to Hozomon, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and finally make a trip to Chidorigafuchi. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, then contemplate the waterfront views at Meguro River, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center.

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London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Tokyo, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in April; daily highs in Tokyo reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas · Nature
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Kyoto

— 4 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Arashiyama. Get a sense of the local culture at Kennin-ji Temple and Yasakanoto. Explore hidden gems such as Nishi Honganji and Higashi Hongan-ji Temple. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Honen-in, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine.

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Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks
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Osaka

— 3 nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Nigatsu-do Temple and Toshodai-ji Temple. Get outdoors at Mt. Wakakusa and Nara Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Naramachi Koshino Ie, Kofuku-ji Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, walk around Kemasakuranomiya Park, take a stroll through Dotombori District, and get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum.

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Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 11th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigan-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, and finally make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

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You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Spas
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Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.