12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Columbus
Fly:  16 h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  19 h
End: Columbus

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes National Film Archive of Japan, On The Rocks Bar Crawl and Tokyo Localized Free Walking Tour. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kashima Jingu and Sengaku-ji Temple. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Oya History Museum and Hie Jinjya. There's more to do: look for gifts at Ginza Itoya Hontren and shop like a local with Takeshita Street.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo day trip planner.

Columbus, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 14 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Columbus in September, with lows around 69°F. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Nightlife Tours Shopping

Side Trips

Oya History Museum, Kashima Jingu
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On The Rocks Bar Crawl ©
On The Rocks Bar Crawl
Oya History Museum ©
Oya History Museum
Sengaku-ji Temple ©
Sengaku-ji Temple

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.
You've added Night Club Butterfly Kyoto, Pontocho, Nishiki Market Shopping District, and other attractions to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Dotombori and Tofuku-ji Temple.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Kyoto tour builder site.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. September in Kyoto sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 68°F at night. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Nightlife Shopping

Side Trip

Dotombori
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Tenryuji Temple ©
Tenryuji Temple

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Burlesque Tokyo, H2 International Bar and Yayoi Kusama Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nezu Shrine and Mitsumine Shrine. Senso-ji Temple and University of Tokyo will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Hakone-machi (Lalique Museum Hakone & Hakone Museum of Art). Enjoy Tokyo some more: explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, wander the streets of Yanaka, make a trip to Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai), and contemplate the long history of Hozomon.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Tokyo road trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Nightlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Mitsumine Shrine
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Hozomon ©
Hozomon
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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