12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kobe
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 1 night
Drive
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Shirakawa
— 1 night
Drive
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Kawaguchi
— 1 night
Drive
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Fuji
— 1 night
Drive
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
You've added Tempozan Ferris Wheel, Osaka Castle Park, Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and other attractions to your itinerary. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Dotombori District and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka holiday planning app.

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major aiports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 16:

1
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Kobe

Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen, then contemplate the long history of Kobe Kitano Museum (Ijinkan-gai), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ikuta Shrine, and finally take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown). On your second day here, walk around Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park.

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You can drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kobe can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Historic Sites · Baths · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 17:

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple and then wander the streets of Gion.

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You can take a train from Kobe to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:

1
night
Shirakawa

Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Shirakawa visit planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Shirakawa takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in December: high temperatures in Shirakawa hover around 7°C and lows are around 0°C. You'll set off for Kawaguchi on the 19th (Tue).

Things to do in Shirakawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 19:

1
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Kawaguchi

Kawaguchi is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 578,727 and a population density of 9340 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Teganuma, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hondo-ji Temple, then browse the different shops at AEON Lake Town, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tofukuji Temple. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ichikawa City Zoo, then try to win big at Nakayama Horse Tracks, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokekyoji Temple.

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Drive from Shirakawa to Kawaguchi in 2.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Shirakawa in December: high temperatures in Kawaguchi hover around 14°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Fuji.

Things to do in Kawaguchi

Parks · Historic Sites · Casinos · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:

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Fuji

Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): visit Fujikawa Parking Downline, then stroll around Iwamotoyama Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Waketamaike Spring, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Fuji trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Kawaguchi to Fuji takes 2.5 hours. In December in Fuji, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fuji

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:
Highlights from your trip

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then meet the residents at Ueno Zoo, and finally take a stroll through Ginza.

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You can drive from Fuji to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Fuji in December, with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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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.