12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
4
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  1​h
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Riyadh

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Odaiba, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip planning app .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Riyadh to Tokyo is 6 hours. Traveling from Riyadh in March, expect Tokyo to be colder, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, then don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tokyo in March, with highs in Kanazawa at 13°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Universal Studios Japan in Konohana, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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.
On the 13th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Himeji online itinerary builder .

Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mt. Takamikura
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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.
On the 14th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see reviews and other tourist information, read Hiroshima sightseeing planning site .

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Miyajima
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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