12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
3
Osaka
— 3 nights

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Pola Museum of Art and Kencho-ji Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Asakusa Shrine and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Oyama Rice Terraces (in Kamogawa), The Railway Museum (in Saitama) and Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple) (in Kamakura). There's still lots to do: stop by Odaiba District, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, take a stroll through Ueno District, and steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tokyo tour itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Tokyo is minus 1 hour. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in July, with highs in Tokyo at 36°C and lows at 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kamakura, Oyama Rice Terraces, The Railway Museum, Pola Museum of Art
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, and then wander the streets of Gion. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple).

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel route builder website.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
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 27th (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then stroll around Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, and finally stop by Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Hozenji Yokocho, examine the collection at Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, then take a stroll through Dotombori District, and finally shop like a local with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Osaka travel app.

Take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 29th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Nara, Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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