12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Doha
+2
Fly + bus + train:  16​h 30​min
1
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Doha

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, then make a trip to Otemae Street, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally make a trip to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, use the Himeji trip planner .

Doha, Qatar to Himeji is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 6 hour difference. When traveling from Doha in August, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Himeji: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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.
When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Heian Shrine, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto route planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Himeji in August, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 39°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Gongenmori Beach, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, then don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, and finally steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House.

To find reviews and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in August, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are little chillier, around 35°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Gongenmori Beach
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and browse the exhibits of Tokyo National Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online tour planner .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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