12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  3​h
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Naniwa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Nara
— Few hours
train:  3​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 2 nights
6
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Bengaluru

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tokyo Central Railway Station, The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) and Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko). Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): make a trip to Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko).

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo itinerary planner .

Bengaluru, India to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Bengaluru to Tokyo. Traveling from Bengaluru in December, things will get cooler in Tokyo: highs are around 14°C and lows about 4°C. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Tokyo Central Railway Station ©
Tokyo Central Railway Station
Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko) ©
Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko)

2
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 Nishiki Market, Kinkaku-ji, Ryoanji Temple, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take a stroll through Pontocho. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, then don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yasaka Shrine.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online vacation builder .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Naniwa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Toji ©
Toji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
night
Naniwa

Naniwa ©
You've now added Hozenji Yokocho to your itinerary.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Naniwa route maker site .

Getting from Kyoto to Naniwa by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Naniwa are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Sat) before leaving for Nara.

Things to do in Naniwa

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho

few
hours
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nara Park, Yoshikien and Todai-ji Temple.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nara online route planner .

Traveling by car from Naniwa to Nara takes an hour. In December, daytime highs in Nara are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Yoshikien ©
Yoshikien

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, Maenohara Onsen Sayano Yudokoro and Roppongi.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tokyo driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Nara to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow time for travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Baths
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Roppongi ©
Roppongi
Maenohara Onsen Sayano Yudokoro ©
Maenohara Onsen Sayano Yudokoro

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your list of things to see and do now includes Kitchen Town (Kappabashi), Shinjuku Golden Gai, Shibuya Cat Street, and other attractions. Explore hidden gems such as Ueno and Shimokitazawa. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Harajuku Takeshita-dori and Asakusa. Explore Tokyo further: wander the streets of Akihabara and make a trip to Shibuya Crossing.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tokyo online driving holiday planner .

You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:
Highlights from your plan
Ueno ©
Ueno
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Kitchen Town (Kappabashi) ©
Kitchen Town (Kappabashi)

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