12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train
2
Osaka
— 1 night
Drive
3
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train
4
Nagoya
Train
5
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly

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Tokyo

— 6 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kichijoji. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take a stroll through Ginza, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip app.

San Diego, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 17 hour difference. In July, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than San Diego - with highs of 87°F and lows of 74°F. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Osaka

— 1 night
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 day by day itinerary now includes Kuromon Market as well as Todai-ji Temple. On the 28th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally wander the streets of Dotombori District.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Osaka day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 76°F. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Wed) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 1 night
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 Kinkaku-ji as well as Gion. On the 29th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, make a trip to Nijo Castle, then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, then contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and finally visit Gion.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kyoto tour itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Nagoya

Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 30th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, then make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nagoya road trip website.

Take a train from Kyoto to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Nagoya, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites

Tokyo

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): discover the magic at Tokyo DisneySea. On the next day, walk around Hama Rikyu Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and then engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary site.

Getting from Nagoya to Tokyo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.