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
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
4
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
5
Hiroshima
— 1 night
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: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner.

Bangkok, Thailand to Tokyo is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bangkok to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bangkok in December, things will get much colder in Tokyo: highs are around 14°C and lows about 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to catch the 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, thenwander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, and finally don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa holiday maker app.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; 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 drive 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 still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and take a stroll through Gion.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 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
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:
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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): take in the pleasant sights at Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, thenexplore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, thenadmire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and finally make a trip to Otemae Street.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji travel app.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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) early enough 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, thencontemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about 1.5 hours. 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
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
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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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