12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Houston
fly:  19 h
1
Osaka
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
2
Nara
— 1 day
Drive:  30 min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h
4
Tokyo
— 1 night
bus:  3 h 30 min
5
Narusawa-mura
— 1 night
bus:  3 h 30 min
6
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  18 h 30 min
End: Houston

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Minoo Park, Dotombori District, Osaka Castle Park, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, stroll around Osaka Castle Park, thenwalk around Minoo Park, thenwander the streets of Minami (Namba), and finally visit Dotombori District.

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

Houston, USA to Osaka is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Houston to Osaka due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Osaka are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Minoo Park
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Osaka Castle Park ©
Osaka Castle Park
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

1
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.
You've now added Nara Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, thenstroll around Nara Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Naramachi Koshino Ie.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nara day trip planning site.

You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kinkaku-ji, Gion, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Bamboo Forest Street, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gio-ji Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Togetsukyo Bridge, thenadmire nature's wide array of creatures at Monkey Park Iwatayama, and finally learn something new at Tea Ceremony Ju-An. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, thendon't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, and finally go for a walk through Gion.

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Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow time for the train ride to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
 Tea Ceremony Ju-An ©
Tea Ceremony Ju-An
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

1
night
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.
To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You'll set off for Narusawa-mura on the 15th (Wed).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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1
night
Narusawa-mura

Narusawa-mura ©
A village at the foothills of Mt.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mount Fuji as well as Mt. Fuji 5th Station. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): make a trip to Mt. Fuji 5th Station and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Fuji.

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Drive from Tokyo to Narusawa-mura in 2 hours. When traveling from Tokyo in August, plan for slightly colder days in Narusawa-mura, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Narusawa-mura

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mount Fuji
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Mt. Fuji 5th Station ©
Mt. Fuji 5th Station

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You've added Senso-ji Temple, Ueno District, Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, and other attractions to your itinerary. See some other sides of Tokyo: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine and tour the pleasant surroundings at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park).

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip planner.

You can drive from Narusawa-mura to Tokyo in 2 hours. Traveling from Narusawa-mura in August, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. On the 20th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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