12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— Few hours
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
3
Himeji
— 1 day
train:  45​min
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
5
Nara
— 1 day
train:  30​min
6
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
7
Tokyo
— 5 nights
End: Tokyo

few
hours
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple and then take a stroll through Akihabara.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo holiday builder site .

If you are flying in from Russia, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In March, daytime highs in Tokyo are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Akihabara ©
Akihabara

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then wander the streets of Gion.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto attractions planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Gion
Gion

1
day
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 28th (Thu), go for a walk through Himeji Castle, trek along Mt Shosha hiking, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Komyoji Temple.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Himeji itinerary site .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Outdoors Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
On the 29th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monkey Park Iwatayama, then see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkaku-ji Temple.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto tour itinerary tool .

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Ginkakuji Temple ©
Ginkakuji Temple
Kyoto International Manga Museum ©
Kyoto International Manga Museum

1
day
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 30th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nara online sightseeing planner .

Nara is very close to Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

2
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see ratings and tourist information, go to the Kyoto road trip tool .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Nara. Traveling from Nara in March, expect slightly colder with lows of 5°C in Kyoto. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

5
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Odaiba and Imperial Palace. Get outdoors at Ueno Zoo and Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park). Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Kamakura (Hase-dera Temple, Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura), & more). Explore Tokyo further: examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tokyo road trip website .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kamakura, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Highlights from your plan
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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