12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Bangkok
Fly:  8 h 45 min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
4
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
5
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: Shanghai

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning tool.

Bangkok, Thailand to Tokyo is an approximately 9- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Indochina Time (ICT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Bangkok in December; daily highs in Tokyo reach 14°C and lows reach 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and finally don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa holiday maker app.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in December: highs in Kanazawa hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Kanazawa Station ©
Kanazawa Station

4
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.
Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka--about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, stop by Arashiyama, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trip

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, take in the pleasant sights at Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and finally make a trip to Otemae Street.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Himeji road trip planning app.

Getting from Kyoto to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

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

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, appreciate the history behind Monument of the Atomic Bomb Sacrifice Hiroshima, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

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

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