12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Yahiko-mura
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Houston

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tokyo National Museum and Ginza. Explore hidden gems such as Mt. Takao and Showa Kinen Park. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Ikspiari in Urayasu, approximately 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Harajuku Takeshita-dori, stroll through Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planning app .

Houston, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Tokyo is 15 hours. In October, Tokyo is slightly colder than Houston - with highs of 72°F and lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Ikspiari, Showa Kinen Park, Mt. Takao
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Ueno ©
Ueno

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.
Get some cultural insight at Gion and Dotonbori. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Cup Noodle Mueseum in Osaka, Ikeda in Ikeda, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, examine the collection at Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kurama, and take a stroll through Minami (Namba).

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto day trip app .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in October, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Yahiko-mura.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Osaka, Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

1
night
Yahiko-mura

Yahiko-mura ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): stop by Kitaro, look for gifts at Tadafusa Factory Shop, then get engrossed in the history at Tsubame Industrial Materials Museum, then take some stellar pictures from Yahikoyama Ropeway, and finally take a memorable drive along Echigo Nanaura Seaside Line. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Yahikoyama Panorama Tower, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yahiko Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yahiko Shrine, then take an in-depth tour of Ryokan Memorial Hall, and finally don't miss a visit to Michinoeki Kugami.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Yahiko-mura trip itinerary maker .

Explore your travel options from Kyoto to Yahiko-mura with the Route module. Traveling from Kyoto in October, you will find days in Yahiko-mura are a bit cooler (67°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yahiko-mura

Outdoors Shopping Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Tsubame, Echigo Nanaura Seaside Line, Ryokan Memorial Hall, Tadafusa Factory Shop
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Yahiko Shrine ©
Yahiko Shrine
Tsubame Industrial Materials Museum ©
Yahiko Park ©
Yahiko Park

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