12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Hiroshima
— 1 night
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
3
Nara
— 1 night
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights

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.
On the 14th (Sat), head off the coast to Miyajima. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima road trip planner.

London, UK to Hiroshima is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from London to Hiroshima, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in November: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 20°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to 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
Miyajima
Miyajima
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.
On the 16th (Mon), admire the striking features of Kuchu Teien Observatory and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, then wander the streets of Dotombori District, and finally meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In November, daytime highs in Osaka are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 17:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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), examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jindoji Temple.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nara online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Nara can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Jindoji Temple
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 18:
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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: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, and admire the natural beauty at Rakusai Chikurin Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto visit planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

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: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

Plan trip to Tokyo with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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