12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
2
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
3
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Riyadh

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 appreciate attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Edo-Tokyo Museum. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and make a trip to Shibuya Crossing.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo online route planner .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Riyadh in July, you will find days in Tokyo are colder (36°C), and nights are a bit cooler (27°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

3
nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Venture out of the city with trips to Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi), Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Higashiyama) and Nijo Castle (in Nakagyo). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji and shop like a local with Dotonbori.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip builder site .

Take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Osaka are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Matsuyama Castle (in Matsuyama) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. On the 28th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama Castle
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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