12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Riyadh

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 Mount Fuji. Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, wander the streets of Odaiba, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Tokyo travel itinerary planner .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Riyadh in November, things will get little chillier in Tokyo: highs are around 19°C and lows about 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mount Fuji, Tokyo DisneySea
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, admire the natural beauty at Rakusai Chikurin Park, wander the streets of Gion, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary website .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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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.
On the 25th (Mon), wander the streets of Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. On your second day here, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Osaka driving holiday site .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In November in Osaka, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip builder tool .

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Miyajima
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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

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