12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
2
Fujiyoshida
— 1 night
bus:  30​min
3
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Art Jeunesse Akihabara, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Yoyogi Park, and other attractions you added. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Rikugien Garden, pick up some new kitchen skills with JAPANiCAN - Tsukiji Outer Fish Market and Sushi Workshop, stroll around Hama Rikyu Gardens, pause for some photo ops at Unicorn Gundam Statue, then enjoy the sand and surf at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), and finally take in the views from Rainbow Bridge.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tokyo visit planner .

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In November in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 11°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Hama Rikyu Gardens ©
Hama Rikyu Gardens
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

1
night
Fujiyoshida

Fujiyoshida ©
A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Yamanakako Hananomiyako Park as well as Chureito Pagoda. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): make a trip to Chureito Pagoda, then make a trip to Oshino Hakkai, and then revel in the low prices at Gotemba Premium Outlets. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Yamanakako Hananomiyako Park, take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, then don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, and finally explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko).

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Fujiyoshida online trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Tokyo to Fujiyoshida takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Tokyo in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Fujiyoshida: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Yamanakako Hananomiyako Park, Oshino Hakkai, Gotemba Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Hakone Ropeway ©
Hakone Ropeway
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley

1
night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Fujiyoshida to Hakone-machi in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 5°C. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pontocho, Hanamikoji Street, Shimogamo Jinja, and other attractions you added. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nanzen-ji Temple, shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District, and make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kyoto online sightseeing planner .

Take a train from Hakone-machi to Kyoto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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.
You've added Yoshikien, Isuien Garden, Ukimido, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): wander the streets of Dotonbori and then admire the striking features of Umeda Sky Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, stroll around Nara Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yoshikien, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary planning website .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In December, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nara
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

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