12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
4
Osaka
— 1 night
5
Tokyo
— 2 nights

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Snow Monkey Resorts, Mt. Fuji 5th Station, Chidorigafuchi, and other attractions. Family-friendly places like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Meiji Jingu Shrine will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo online visit planner.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sydney in April, with highs in Tokyo at °C and lows at °C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Mt. Fuji 5th Station, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Snow Monkey Resorts
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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nara Park, Kyoto Samurai Experience and Philosopher's Walk. On the 12th (Sun), take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, learn something new at Kyoto Samurai Experience, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, thenget to know the resident critters at Monkey Park Iwatayama, and then enjoy some diversion at Geisha and Maiko Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Tue) before leaving for Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Nara Park
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 15th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Miyajima, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Misen, thenobserve the fascinating underwater world at Miyajima Public Aquarium, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tahoto.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima route builder.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Miyajima
Miyajima
Mt. Misen ©
Mt. Misen
Mikasahama Beach ©
Mikasahama Beach

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 16th (Thu): shop like a local with Dotombori District and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka travel route planning app.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In April in Osaka, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tokyo National Museum as well as Akihabara. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, appreciate the history behind Hachiko, and then take a stroll through Odaiba District. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Central Railway Station, discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland, stroll around Ueno Park, thenadmire nature's wide array of creatures at Ueno Zoo, and finally visit Akihabara.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo travel route builder site.

You can take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Ueno Zoo ©
Ueno Zoo

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