12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Miami
Fly:  27​h
1
Fukuoka
— 1 night
train:  2​h
2
Beppu
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Usuki
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h
4
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  1​h
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
6
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
7
Nikko
— 1 day
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Miami

1
night
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
On the 7th (Sat), buy something for everyone on your list at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, let the kids burn off some steam at Ohori Park, then get your game on at Fukuro no Mise, Hakata, and finally make a trip to Hakata Station.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Fukuoka online trip itinerary maker .

Miami, USA to Fukuoka is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from Miami to Fukuoka. In September, Fukuoka is slightly colder than Miami - with highs of 82°F and lows of 69°F. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Fun & Games Parks Wildlife
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Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Fukuro no Mise, Hakata ©
Fukuro no Mise, Hakata
Hakata Station ©
Hakata Station

1
night
Beppu

The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Suginoi Palace as well as Onsen Resorts. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens and then find something for the whole family at Suginoi Palace.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Beppu trip itinerary site .

Drive from Fukuoka to Beppu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Beppu are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Usuki.

Things to do in Beppu

Theme Parks Baths Spas
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Onsen Resorts

few
hours
Usuki

Usuki ©
Usuki is a city located on the east coast of Ōita Prefecture, Japan. Usuki Sekibutsu has been added to your itinerary. On the 8th (Sun), appreciate the history behind Usuki Sekibutsu, step into the grandiose world of Usuki Castle Ruin, then contemplate the long history of Usuki Town Streets, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Nioza Rekishi no Michi.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Usuki trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Beppu to Usuki takes an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Usuki

Historic Sites
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Usuki Sekibutsu ©
Usuki Sekibutsu

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.
Find out how to plan Himeji trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Usuki to Himeji takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In September, daytime highs in Himeji are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Taiyo Park ©
Taiyo Park

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.
You've added Sanjusangendo Temple, Tea Ceremony Ju-An, Toji, and other attractions to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Nanzen-ji Temple. There's more to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple and contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto sightseeing planner .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Himeji in September since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 68°F. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Classes Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shibuya Crossing as well as Samurai Armor Photo Studio. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, and then have some family-friendly fun at Samurai Armor Photo Studio.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo day trip tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. September in Tokyo sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 69°F at night. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

1
day
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 14th (Sat), explore the activities along Chuzenjiko Lake Boat House, then admire the sheer force of Urami Waterfall, then steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Jakko Waterfall.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nikko trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in September, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Jakko Waterfall ©
Jakko Waterfall
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Basho Memorial Museum has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): examine the collection at Basho Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Chidorigafuchi, enjoy breathtaking views from Observatory, Seaside Top, then take in nature's colorful creations at Happoen Garden, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Showa Kinen Park and then contemplate the long history of Sengaku-ji Temple.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip site .

Take a train from Nikko to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Tours Fun & Games

Side Trip

Showa Kinen Park
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Happoen Garden ©
Happoen Garden
Showa Kinen Park ©
Showa Kinen Park
Food Tours

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