12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— Few hours
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
3
Yamanashi
— 2 nights
4
Tokyo
— 3 nights

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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai).

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary app.

Cape Town, South Africa to Tokyo is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Tokyo is 7 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Cape Town in October, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow time for the train ride to Kyoto.
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Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai) ©
Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai)

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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.
On the 13th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple and then don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Ninna-ji Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenryuji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishi Honganji.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Kyoto day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yamanashi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks
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Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Toji ©
Toji

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Yamanashi

Yamanashi ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nakamaki Shrine, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kentoku, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Ichinokama Falls, and finally make a trip to Jiun-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, do a tasting at Mars Yamanashi Winery, stop by Kurambon Wine, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daiszenji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seihaku-ji Temple.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Yamanashi tour itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Yamanashi takes 5.5 hours. When traveling from Kyoto in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Yamanashi: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Fri) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanashi

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Koshu, Mars Yamanashi Winery
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Seihaku-ji Temple ©
Seihaku-ji Temple
Daiszenji Temple ©
Daiszenji Temple
Nakamaki Shrine ©
Nakamaki Shrine

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Asakusa Shrine and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). Your inner history buff will appreciate Kencho-ji Temple and Hozomon. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Mt. Takao in Hachioji, about 1h 15 min away. See some other sides of Tokyo: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Hie Jinjya, view the masterpieces at teamLab Borderless, and stop by Ginza Itoya Hontren.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tokyo journey planning tool.

Getting from Yamanashi to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. When traveling from Yamanashi in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Kamakura, Mt. Takao
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

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