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
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
2
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: London

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mitaki Temple and Motoyasu River. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Former Naval Academy (in Etajima), Shishiiwa Tenbodai (in Miyajima) and Saikokuji Temple (in Onomichi). There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, head outdoors with Tobishima Kaido, and take in the views from Aioi Bridge.

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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 when traveling from London to Hiroshima is 9 hours. Traveling from London in November, expect Hiroshima to be somewhat warmer, temps between 20°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Outdoors Spas

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Tobishima Kaido, Former Naval Academy, Mazda Museum, Saikokuji Temple
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Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Peace Flame ©
Peace Flame
Mazda Museum ©
Mazda Museum

1
night
Himeji

Himeji
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): stroll around Himeji City Shizen Kansatsuno Mori, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then appreciate the history behind Himeji Castle Daitenshu no Shachigawara (Replica), then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, and finally steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Himeji travel app .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. November in Himeji sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Baths Spas

Side Trips

Mt. Takamikura, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 19:

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jojakkoji Temple and Tsukiyominomiya. Venture out of the city with trips to Hase-dera Temple (in Sakurai), Nara (Mt. Wakakusa & Kasugayama) and Katsuragi Highlands (in Gose). And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, walk around Minoo Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kurama-dera, and contemplate the long history of Daikaku-ji.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto route planning tool .

Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Kyoto are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nara, Sunset Owl Cafe, Tsukiyominomiya, Hase-dera Temple, Katsuragi Highlands
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Jojakkoji Temple ©
Jojakkoji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center and Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Tama Zoological Park (in Hino), Kamakura Hiking Trails (in Kamakura) and Kinchakuda Manjushage Park (in Hidaka). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Hozomon, stroll around Shakujii Park, make a trip to Oyama Afuri Shrine, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kyu Iwasakitei Teien.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tokyo day trip planning site .

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Tokyo are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Kinchakuda Manjushage Park, Tama Zoological Park, Kamakura Hiking Trails, Oyama Afuri Shrine
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Kinchakuda Manjushage Park ©
Kinchakuda Manjushage Park
Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center ©
Hozomon ©
Hozomon

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