12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Train:  3 h 15 min
1
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
3
Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Nara
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
6
Osaka
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
7
Tokyo
— 1 night
End: Tokyo


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1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 4th (Tue), indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, appreciate the history behind Himeji Castle Daitenshu no Shachigawara (Replica), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic Himeji Church, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Himeji trip itinerary builder site .

Tokyo to Himeji is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Himeji are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Spas Baths

Side Trips

Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Mt. Takamikura
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Catholic Himeji Church ©
Catholic Himeji Church

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): explore the activities along Motoyasu River, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, then appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, then look and learn at Hiroshima Children's Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Asa Zoological Park, then get outside with Tobishima Kaido, and finally get outside with Paddle Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima day trip site .

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Sasebo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Paddle Park, Tobishima Kaido
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Paddle Park ©
Paddle Park
Hiroshima Children's Museum ©
Hiroshima Children's Museum
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple

1
night
Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture

Sasebo ©
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On the 7th (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Yumihari, take some stellar pictures from Meganeiwa, see the interesting displays at Mikawachiyaki Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Domtoren, then make a trip to Hario Furusatokan, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Mukyudo.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sasebo trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Sasebo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Sasebo sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Sasebo

Nature Parks Museums
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Domtoren ©
Domtoren

1
night
Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
On the 8th (Sat), examine the collection at Nagasaki Shipyard Museum, get in on the family fun at Agiruno Oka, then contemplate the long history of Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum, then make a trip to Exposed Camphor Tree, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Nakamachi Church.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki day trip tool .

Drive from Sasebo to Nagasaki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Nara.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum ©
Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum
Catholic Nakamachi Church ©
Catholic Nakamachi Church

1
night
Nara

Nara
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): get your game on at Waplus Nara, admire the striking features of Todai-ji Temple Nandai Gate, make a trip to Daibutsuden, then steep yourself in history at Todaiji Keidaicho, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joruri Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Kaidan-do.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nara road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Nagasaki to Nara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Classes Outdoors

Side Trip

Joruri Temple

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Yamadaike Park and Aramaki Rose Garden. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ninja-Do and JT Biohistory Research Hall. Take a break from Osaka with a short trip to Hoshida Enchi, Osaka Prefecture Parks in Katano, about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Tekijuku, examine the collection at Modern Transportation Museum, make a trip to Senri Riverbank, and take in the pleasant sights at Zoheikyoku Sakura no Torinuke.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner.

You can take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Another option is to drive. February in Osaka sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Senri Riverbank, JT Biohistory Research Hall, Hoshida Enchi, Osaka Prefecture Parks, Aramaki Rose Garden, Yamadaike Park
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Modern Transportation Museum ©
Modern Transportation Museum
Yamadaike Park ©
Yamadaike Park
Aramaki Rose Garden ©
Aramaki Rose Garden

1
night
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.
On the 13th (Thu), stop by Bon Voyage, examine the collection at Subway Museum, get to know the resident critters at Edogawa Natural Zoo, stroll around Gyosen Park, then make a trip to Hozomon, and finally stroll around Kitanomaru Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): engage your brain at Toshiba Science Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikegami Hommon-ji Temple, stroll around Higashitakane Forestry Park, then examine the collection at Train and Bus Museum, then engage your brain at Kawasaki Municipal Science Museum, and finally walk around Ikuta Ryokuchi Park.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Tokyo online road trip planner .

You can take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kawasaki, Bon Voyage
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Edogawa Natural Zoo ©
Edogawa Natural Zoo
Train and Bus Museum ©
Train and Bus Museum
Bon Voyage ©
Bon Voyage

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