12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan journey planner

Make it your trip
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Nagano
— 2 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Kyoto

— 5 nights
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'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, &more), Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Kuromon Market (in Nippombashi). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, admire the striking features of Jishu Shrine, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

Plan my day in Kyoto using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Doha, Qatar to Kyoto is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 6 hours. When traveling from Doha in December, plan for colder days in Kyoto, with highs around 13°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Nagano

— 2 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 25th (Sat), fly down the slopes at Ikenotaira Onsen Ski Resort, fly down the slopes at Kijimadaira Ski Resort, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple and then get a dose of the wild on Snow Monkey Resorts.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nagano online trip maker.

Take a train from Kyoto to Nagano in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and train; or drive. Traveling from Kyoto in December, expect Nagano to be a bit cooler, temps between 7°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagano

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Tokyo

— 4 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama (about 30 minutes away). Have a day of magic on the 27th (Mon) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tokyo Sea Life Park.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Nagano to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nagano in December, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 14°C and 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.