13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Osaka
— 3 nights
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
3
Kanazawa
— 1 night
4
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
5
Tokyo
— 4 nights

3
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Himeji Castle (in Himeji) and Kasuga Grand Shrine (in Nara). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and take a stroll through Dotombori District.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Osaka road trip site.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Osaka is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Jakarta to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jakarta in December, things will get colder in Osaka: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Himeji Castle, Kasuga Grand Shrine
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. There's much more to do: stop by Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Kyoto sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, thendon't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, thentake a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and finally don't miss a visit to Omicho Market.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa online route planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Kanazawa sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

1
night
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): stroll through Lake Kawaguchi, thensample the tasty concoctions at Ide Sake Brewery, and then find something for the whole family at La Ville de Gaspard Et Lisa.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Kanazawa to Fujikawaguchiko-machi by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Theme Parks Nature Parks

Side Trip

La Ville de Gaspard Et Lisa
Highlights from your plan
La Ville de Gaspard Et Lisa ©
La Ville de Gaspard Et Lisa
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Ide Sake Brewery ©
Ide Sake Brewery

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.
Attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Meiji Jingu Shrine make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Ninomaru Garden, and get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in January: highs in Tokyo hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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