12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brisbane to Tokyo. In September, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Brisbane - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online travel planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
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 21st (Sat), get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senko-ji Temple and then steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle.

To find out how to plan a trip to Osaka, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Osaka sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Senko-ji Temple ©
Senko-ji Temple

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tokyo itinerary maker app.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Akihabara ©
Akihabara

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