12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
2
Kanazawa
— 1 night
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
4
Himeji
— 1 night
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights

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, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, wander the streets of Odaiba District, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Riyadh to Tokyo is 6 hours. In March, Tokyo is much colder than Riyadh - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks
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Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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): take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, make a trip to Omicho Market, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, thenmake a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

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You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in March; daily highs in Kanazawa reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

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.
Step out of Kyoto to go to Osaka and see Universal Studios Japan, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple, and contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Kyoto day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can take a 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
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, thentake in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Himeji day trip planning tool.

Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Himeji sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough 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), make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip site.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Miyajima
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima
Miyajima
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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