12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
2
Kyoto
— 5 nights
3
Osaka
— 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Soshi's Tokyo Bike Tour as well as Takeshita Street. For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Asakusa. Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo Central Railway Station will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: visit Odaiba District, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo day trip site.

St. John's, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Traveling from St. John's to Tokyo, you'll lose 12.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from St. John's in July, expect nights in Tokyo to be warmer, around 27°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Ginza ©
Ginza

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.
Get some historical perspective at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Head to Nishiki Market Shopping District and Kiyora Senjafudafor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Arashiyama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, see what you can catch with Hero Tour Japan, and look for all kinds of wild species at Yase Momiji no Komichi.

Discover how to plan a Kyoto trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. July in Kyoto sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Nara
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
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 26th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then visit Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, then take a stroll through Dotombori District, and finally look for gifts at Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka day trip planning site.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

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