12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Syracuse
Fly + Train:  20 h 45 min
1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
3
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive:  45 min
4
Kawaguchi
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  19 h 15 min
End: Syracuse

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.
Kinkaku-ji and Tenryuji Temple will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nanzen-ji Temple and Toji. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Koka to see Miho Museum about 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daigo-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, and don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

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Syracuse, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Syracuse to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Syracuse in April: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 67°F and lows are around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Miho Museum, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)
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Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Toji ©
Toji

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 2nd (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horyu-ji Temple, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Tenjinzaka. Here are some ideas for day two: ponder the world of politics at Mint Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then enjoy breathtaking views from Harukas 300 Observation Deck, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kashihara Jingu.

To find reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka itinerary planner.

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in May, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Nara, Horyu-ji Temple, Kashihara Jingu
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Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hase-dera Temple and Fire Museum. Let the collections at Ghibli Museum Mitaka and Samurai Museum capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Narita (Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple & Naritasan Omote Sando), Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kencho-ji Temple, &more) and Katori Jingu Shrine (in Katori). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Nezu Museum, take an in-depth tour of Kanda Myojin, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip maker.

Getting from Osaka to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Tokyo are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kawaguchi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Narita, Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Katori Jingu Shrine
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Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

1
night
Kawaguchi

Kawaguchi ©
Kawaguchi is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 578,727 and a population density of 9340 persons per km². Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Kawaguchi Municipal Art Gallery Atlia, then see the interesting displays at Visual Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saifuku-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitsuzoin Temple.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kawaguchi online journey planner .

You can drive from Tokyo to Kawaguchi in an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Kawaguchi can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kawaguchi

Museums Historic Sites
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Visual Museum ©
Visual Museum
Mitsuzoin Temple ©
Mitsuzoin Temple
Saifuku-ji Temple ©
Saifuku-ji Temple

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