12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Honolulu, Oahu
Fly:  9 h 45 min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  4 h 15 min
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
3
Osaka
— 5 nights
Fly:  11 h 45 min
End: Honolulu, Oahu

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.
For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Ameya Yokocho (Ameyoko). Attractions like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Edo-Tokyo Museum make great kid-friendly stops. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Ghibli Museum Mitaka in Mitaka, approximately 44 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 13th (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, contemplate the long history of Tokyo National Museum, take a stroll through Odaiba, and get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tokyo route tool .

Honolulu, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 19 hours traveling from Honolulu to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Honolulu in March, things will get cooler in Tokyo: highs are around 58°F and lows about 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Tokyo Disneyland, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine and then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary maker .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In March in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

5
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.
Do your shopping at Dotonbori and Nishiki Market. Get some historical perspective at Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi), Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Higashiyama) and Kyoto (Gion & Kinkaku-ji). It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park and get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Osaka route planning app .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In March in Osaka, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto, Nara Park
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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