12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  1​h
2
Yokohama
— 1 night
train:  3​h
3
Sendai
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  30​min
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
6
Kobe
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
7
Hiroshima
— 1 night
+2
train + subway + Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Ishigaki
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
9
Miyakojima
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: San Diego

1
night
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.
To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tokyo vacation planning site .

San Diego, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Diego to Tokyo. In September, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Yanaka ©
Yanaka

1
night
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Kishamichi Promenade, then don't miss a visit to Minato Mirai 21, then take a leisurely stroll along Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, and finally admire the natural beauty at Sankeien Gardens.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Yokohama trip planner .

Drive from Tokyo to Yokohama in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Yokohama can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Sendai.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sankeien Gardens ©
Sankeien Gardens
Minato Mirai 21 ©
Minato Mirai 21
Kishamichi Promenade ©
Kishamichi Promenade

1
night
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Sunmall Ichibancho, take an in-depth tour of Sendai City Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle), then take an in-depth tour of Zuihoden, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nikka Whisky Sendai Factory Miyagikyo Distillery.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sendai vacation planning site .

Take a train from Yokohama to Sendai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Yokohama in September, expect nights in Sendai to be about the same, around 70°F, while days are little chillier, around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Sendai

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sendai City Museum ©
Sendai City Museum
Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Zuihoden ©
Zuihoden

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asazawasha Shrine, contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, buy something for everyone on your list at Universal City Walk Osaka, wander the streets of Minami (Namba), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner .

Getting from Sendai to Osaka by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Sendai in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Osaka, with highs around 82°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)

2
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.
On the 7th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-in Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tenryuji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninna-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kyoto route planner.

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Toji ©
Toji
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

1
night
Kobe

Kobe ©
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.
On the 9th (Wed), examine the collection at Kawasaki Good Times World, see the interesting displays at UCC Coffee Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Maya, then appreciate the views at Arima Onsen, and finally admire the sheer force of Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki).

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Kobe is just a short distance from Kyoto. In September, daytime highs in Kobe are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Kawasaki Good Times World ©
Kawasaki Good Times World
Mt. Maya
Mt. Maya

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, and finally admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima journey builder .

You can take a train from Kobe to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Hiroshima Museum of Art ©
Hiroshima Museum of Art

1
night
Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): kick back and relax at Yonehara Beach, then take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and finally stroll around Banna Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ishigaki holiday tool .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki in 5.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hiroshima in September: high temperatures in Ishigaki hover around 89°F and lows are around 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

1
night
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): head outdoors with Aragusuku Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, then take in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Miyakojima trip builder website .

Getting from Ishigaki to Miyakojima by flight takes about 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Miyakojima are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

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