12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Ho Chi Minh City
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  6​h
End: Ho Chi Minh City

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.
Kids will enjoy Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo DisneySea. Have a day of magic on the 28th (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip planning site .

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Tokyo is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in June, expect Tokyo to be little chillier, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take a memorable drive along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and finally stroll around Kenrokuen Garden. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, then enjoy the sand and surf at Gongenmori Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple.

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Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, Gongenmori Beach
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

4
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.
Kids will enjoy Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Change things up with a short trip to Dotonbori in Osaka (about 1h 10 min away). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, make a trip to Heian Shrine, and take a stroll through Gion.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto planning site .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Kyoto are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach, don't miss a visit to Miyajima, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, then appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary planning app .

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Mikasahama Beach ©
Mikasahama Beach
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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