12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  17​h
1
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
3
Nara
— 1 night
Train:  45​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: London

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Miyajima. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

For more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima holiday planning tool .

London, UK to Hiroshima is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time is 9 hours. In November, Hiroshima is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Miyajima
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, then wander the streets of Dotonbori, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka tour itinerary maker website .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

1
night
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.
On the 18th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jindoji Temple.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nara trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daytime highs in Nara are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Jindoji Temple
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary maker app .

You can take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and subway. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, and take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip builder app .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©

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