12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan journey planner

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Fujinomiya
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 1 night
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 5 nights
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 Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea, Street Kart Tokyo Bay, and other attractions. Get outdoors at Kasai Beach Park and Karakida Trail. Head to Ginza and Ikspiarifor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Fujikawaguchiko-machi (Sankodai & Ubuyagasaki), Ohito Plum Grove (in Izunokuni) and Chureito Pagoda (in Fujiyoshida). There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, stop by Kagurazaka, take a stroll through Shimokitazawa, and get a taste of the local shopping with Takeshita Street.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary builder website.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Sydney in July, with highs in Tokyo at 36°C and lows at 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Fujinomiya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Fujinomiya

— 1 night
Sitting on the southwest slopes of Mount Fuji, Fujinomiya makes a popular starting point for climbing trips to the famous mountain's summit.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): tee off at Mochiya and then surround yourself with nature on Fuji Safari Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Fujinomiya itinerary planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Fujinomiya by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in July, expect nights in Fujinomiya to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are little chillier, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fujinomiya

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Golf

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Kyoto

— 1 night
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.
To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kyoto vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Fujinomiya to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Fujinomiya in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 28°C at night. On the 9th (Fri), you'll travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Osaka

— 2 nights
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Hankyu Umeda Honten and Onsen Resorts. Visiting Suma Beach and Koshienhama Seaside Park will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Omae Beach Park (in Nishinomiya), Amore Beach (in Akashi) and Azur Maiko (in Kobe). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Dotombori District, stop by Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hōzen-ji Temple, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka day trip planning website.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In July in Osaka, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.