12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Cincinnati
Fly + train:  21​h
1
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Cincinnati

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, & more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto visit website .

Cincinnati, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Cincinnati to Kyoto. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Cincinnati in December; daily highs in Kyoto reach 52°F and lows reach 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

5
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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, get to know the fascinating history of Imperial Palace, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo route builder .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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