12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
4
Himeji
— 1 night
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights

2
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: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and stop by Odaiba District.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in April; daily highs in Tokyo reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, and contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kyoto day trip site.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Osaka

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): shop like a local with Dotombori District, make a trip to Ukiyokoji Street, and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, thencontemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, thendon't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, and finally meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Osaka are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, thenstep into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Otokoyama Haisuiike Park.

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You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Osaka in April, expect nights in Himeji to be about the same, around °C, while days are a bit cooler, around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, thensteep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, thentake an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and then appreciate the history behind Peace Bell.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima road trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. April in Hiroshima sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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