12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Osaka — 2 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Isuien Garden, Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, Hozenji Yokocho, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, then enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, and finally wander the streets of Dotombori District. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, stroll around Nara Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, and finally take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary maker website.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Osaka is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in February, expect Osaka to be colder, temps between 11°C and 1°C. On the 3rd (Sun), you're off to Ono.
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Ono — 2 nights

Ōno is a city located in Fukui Prefecture, Japan. Your day by day itinerary now includes Teramachi Street. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): admire the sheer force of Mt.Taratara Hakuryu Waterfalls and then get advice or help at Motomachi Hall. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Ono History Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Teramachi Street, then see the interesting displays at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ono online day trip planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Ono in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Osaka in February, plan for slightly colder days in Ono, with highs around 7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kyoto.
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Kyoto — 2 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 Teramachi-dori Street, Pontocho District and Arashiyama. Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Heian Shrine will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, take a stroll through Gion, admire the natural beauty at Shosei-en Garden, and take in the views from Togetsukyo Bridge.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto itinerary website.

Drive from Ono to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.
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Tokyo — 5 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.
Shop till you drop at Ginza and Asakusa. Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo driving holiday planning tool.

You can fly from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In February in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 2°C at night. You will leave for home on the 12th (Tue).
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Japan travel guide

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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.