12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Francisco
flight:  13 h
1
Narita
— Few hours
Train:  3 h 45 min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Hiroshima
— 1 day
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
5
Nara
— 1 day
Train:  45 min
6
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
7
Osaka
— 1 day
Train:  30 min
8
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
9
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
10
Narita
— 1 day
Train + Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: San Francisco

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hours
Narita

Narita
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Narita trip itinerary maker app.

San Francisco, USA to Narita is an approximately 14.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in April, Narita is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. On the 4th (Sat), you're off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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2
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.
On the 5th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji and then wander the streets of Arashiyama.

To find maps and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto driving holiday planner.

Getting from Narita to Kyoto by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

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
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

1
day
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima vacation planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

1
night
Kyoto

Kyoto
To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto journey planning tool.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You will leave for Nara on the 8th (Wed).

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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day
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, then walk around Nara Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Nara itinerary planning app.

Getting from Kyoto to Nara by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Traveling from Kyoto in April, Nara is a bit warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center ©
Todaiji Temple Cultural Center

1
night
Kyoto

Kyoto
For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto road trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Expect little chillier evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Nara in April, with lows around 11°C. You will leave for Osaka on the 9th (Thu).

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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1
day
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.
On the 9th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Osaka vacation app.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Dotombori ©
Dotombori

1
night
Kyoto

Kyoto
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): stop by Gion and then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

Make your Kyoto itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Gion
Gion
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, stop by Akihabara, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip website.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Narita.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
day
Narita

Narita ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Three-storied Pagoda, don't miss a visit to Niomon Gate, buy something for everyone on your list at AEONMALL Narita, then engage your brain at Museum of Aeronautical Sciences, and finally experience rural life at Narita Yume Farm.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Narita travel route builder app.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Narita takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for little chillier nights in Narita, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Narita

Shopping Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Museum of Aeronautical Sciences
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AEONMALL Narita ©
AEONMALL Narita
Museum of Aeronautical Sciences ©
Museum of Aeronautical Sciences

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