12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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

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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: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

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Aberdeen, UK to Kyoto is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Aberdeen in July, expect Kyoto to be much warmer, temps between 37°C and 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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 22nd (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary maker site.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Osaka are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

1
night
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 24th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima visit planning tool.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums
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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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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, visit Odaiba District, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip planning tool.

You can fly from Hiroshima to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. July in Tokyo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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