12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Dotombori District in Dotombori (about 1h 10 min away). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Heian Shrine, wander the streets of Gion, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary planning tool.

Los Angeles, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Los Angeles to Kyoto, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in August; daily highs in Kyoto reach 92°F and lows reach 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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 4th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en and then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji planning app.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks
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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.
On the 5th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online visit planner.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
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: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, visit Odaiba District, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip builder website.

You can fly from Hiroshima to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In September in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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