12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Salt Lake City
Fly:  16​h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
3
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Salt Lake City

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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 14th (Wed) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo route planner.

Salt Lake City, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Salt Lake City to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Salt Lake City in August since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trip

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

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 16th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine Torii.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. August in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 77°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Kyoto (Kinkaku-ji & Gion), Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Higashiyama) and Nijo Castle (in Nakagyo). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, enjoy breathtaking views from Harukas 300 Observation Deck, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Osaka itinerary builder app .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daytime highs in Osaka are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

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

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