12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Osaka
— 2 nights
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
3
Nagoya
— 1 night
4
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights

2
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.
On the 30th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then don't miss a visit to Hozenji Yokocho.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Osaka online trip itinerary builder.

Hong Kong, China to Osaka is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hong Kong to Osaka due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Tours
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine ©
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shimogamo Jinja and Mt. Kurama. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, admire the striking features of Ninna-ji Temple, and wander the streets of Pontocho District.

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Take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Kyoto sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Shimogamo Jinja ©
Shimogamo Jinja

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 4th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, thenmake a trip to Osu Shopping Street, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and finally see the interesting displays at SCMAGLEV and Railway Park.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nagoya trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nagoya: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Historic Sites
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SCMAGLEV and Railway Park ©
SCMAGLEV and Railway Park
Osu Shopping Street ©
Osu Shopping Street

1
night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) and then explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hakone-machi vacation planning website.

Drive from Nagoya to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or fly. Traveling from Nagoya in September, expect nights in Hakone-machi to be about the same, around °C, while days are slightly colder, around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Nature Parks
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Samurai Armor Photo Studio and Kamogawa Sea World. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Sky Garden (in Minatomirai) and Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal (in Yokohama). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, wander the streets of Ueno District, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine.

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You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in September: highs in Tokyo hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Yokohama, Kamogawa Sea World
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Kamogawa Sea World ©
Kamogawa Sea World
Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal ©
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal

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