12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan Trip Planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kobe
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 4 nights
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've added Hachiko, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, Akihabara, and other attractions to your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate Lalique Museum Hakone and Little Prince Museum. For shopping fun, head to Ginza Itoya Hontren or Asakusa. Step out of Tokyo to go to Tachikawa and see Showa Kinen Park, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Omotesando Hills, explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, and make a trip to Shibuya Center-gai.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo online road trip planner.

Portland, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 17 hours. Traveling from Portland in December, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (54°F), and nights are about the same (39°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can fly to Kobe.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Kobe

— 1 night
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum and Kitano Ijinkan-gai. On the 15th (Fri), walk around Higashi Yuenchi Park, go for a walk through Kitano Ijinkan-gai, then see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and finally meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have some family-friendly fun at KidZania Koshien, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishinomiya Shrine, and then wander the streets of Kobe Harborland.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kobe route builder site.

You can fly from Tokyo to Kobe in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December in Kobe, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Fun & Games · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 3 nights
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 Kinkaku-ji, Daigo-ji Temple and Todaiji Temple Cultural Center. Toshodai-ji Temple and Chion-in Temple will appeal to history buffs. Head to Teramachi-dori Street and Shinkyogoku Shopping Districtfor plenty of shopping. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Ishibe Alley, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, walk around Maruyama Park, and see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

Take a train from Kobe to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 2 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Asakusa Shrine as well as Takeshita Street. On the next day, wander the streets of Takeshita Street, explore the activities along Sumida River, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, then engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science, and finally take a stroll through Yanaka District.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo online holiday maker.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.