12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Nagasaki
— 1 day
2
Kumamoto
— 1 night
3
Nara
— 1 night
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
5
Nagoya
— 1 night
6
Matsumoto
— 1 night
7
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
8
Yokohama
— 1 night
9
Chuo
— Few hours
10
Tokyo
— 2 nights


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day
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
On the 26th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, thencontemplate the long history of Glover House and Office, and finally examine the collection at Kyugosho Memorial Exhibit.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagasaki trip maker website.

Ubud, Indonesia to Nagasaki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Ubud to Nagasaki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Ubud in March, with highs in Nagasaki at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Glover House and Office ©
Glover House and Office
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

1
night
Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
On the 27th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Tetori Church, thenget engrossed in the history at Newspaper Museum, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kumamoto Castle.

Discover how to plan a Kumamoto trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Nagasaki to Kumamoto in 3 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Kumamoto can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Nara.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Catholic Tetori Church ©
Catholic Tetori Church

1
night
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally identify plant and animal life at Nara Park.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Nara online sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Kumamoto to Nara in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Nara can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, thendon't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nara in March since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

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night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 31st (Sun), explore the world behind art at Tokugawa Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Nagoya Castle, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, and finally examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nagoya online tour planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can catch the train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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night
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, thenexplore the different monuments and memorials at Koboyama Ancient Tomb, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Zenkyuin Temple, and finally head outdoors with Mt. KItahodaka.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Matsumoto holiday planner.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Matsumoto, with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 1:
Highlights from your plan
Mt. KItahodaka ©
Mt. KItahodaka
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Zenkyuin Temple ©
Zenkyuin Temple

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night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 2nd (Tue), browse the exhibits of Pola Museum of Art, admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Hakone-machi trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Matsumoto in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yokohama.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Parks Nature
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu ©
Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

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night
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
On the 3rd (Wed), wander the streets of Yokohama Chinatown, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sankeien Gardens, and then shop like a local with Yokohama Minato Mirai 21.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Yokohama trip builder app.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Yokohama by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and subway; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Yokohama, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. On the 3rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Chuo.

Things to do in Yokohama

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 ©
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21
Sankeien Gardens ©
Sankeien Gardens
Yokohama Chinatown ©
Yokohama Chinatown

few
hours
Chuo

Chuo
Chūō-ku is one of 23 wards of Osaka, Japan. To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Chuo trip maker website.

Chuo is just a short distance from Yokohama. In April, daily temperatures in Chuo can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. You will leave for Tokyo on the 3rd (Wed).

Things to do in Chuo

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take a stroll through Odaiba District and then shop like a local with Ginza.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo driving holiday app.

Tokyo is very close to Chuo. Expect a daytime high around °C in April, and nighttime lows around °C. On the 5th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Ginza ©
Ginza

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