12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Chandigarh
+2
Fly + train + bus:  20​h 15​min
1
Motobu-cho
— 1 day
+2
bus + train + Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kanazawa
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Chandigarh

1
day
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the gorgeous colors at Sesoko Labyrinth, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okichan Theater, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, and finally stroll around Okinawa Memorial Park Ocean Expo Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Motobu-cho visit planner .

Chandigarh, India to Motobu-cho is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Chandigarh to Motobu-cho due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Motobu-cho can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, then appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and finally make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima day trip planning website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Motobu-cho to Hiroshima in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Motobu-cho in June, expect Hiroshima to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Mikasahama Beach ©
Mikasahama Beach

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.
Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip app .

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. June in Kyoto sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 15th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, then examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa online visit planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in June, you will find days in Kanazawa are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
Family-friendly places like Tokyo Disneyland and Edo-Tokyo Museum will thrill your kids. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel route planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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