12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  3​h 15​min
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + ferry:  3​h 30​min
3
Naoshima-cho
— 1 day
+2
ferry + bus + train:  3​h 30​min
4
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  30​min
5
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  3​h
6
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
7
Kawasaki
— 1 day
train:  30​min
8
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Chicago

1
night
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.
To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tokyo vacation maker .

Chicago, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Chicago to Tokyo. In March, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Chicago - with highs of 58°F and lows of 43°F. On the 29th (Sun), you'll travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 29:

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Harukas 300 Observation Deck.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Osaka are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Mint Museum ©
Mint Museum

1
day
Naoshima-cho

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
On the 31st (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Chichu Art Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Benesse House Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hachiman Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gokuraku-ji Temple.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Naoshima-cho online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry from Osaka to Naoshima-cho in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in March, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Museums Historic Sites
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Benesse House Museum ©
Benesse House Museum
Chichu Art Museum ©
Chichu Art Museum

1
night
Osaka

Osaka
For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip builder .

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and train from Naoshima-cho to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll set off for Kyoto on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 1:

1
night
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.
On the 1st (Wed), don't miss a visit to Gion, then make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then look for gifts at Ippodo Tea Kyoto.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary builder tool .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Gion
Gion
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dover Street Market Ginza as well as Comme des Garcons Aoyama. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): wander the streets of Ueno and then stop by Dover Street Market Ginza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): have some family-friendly fun at Samurai Armor Photo Studio, admire the masterpieces at Nezu Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, then wander the streets of Yanaka, and finally contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip site .

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kawasaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Ueno ©
Ueno
Yanaka ©
Yanaka
Odaiba ©
Odaiba

1
day
Kawasaki

Kawasaki ©
Easily accessible via a 15-minute train ride from Tokyo, Kawasaki features a modern, industrialized waterfront, as well as a couple of quirky attractions.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Taro Okamoto Museum of Art and then don't miss a visit to Yokohama Chinatown.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kawasaki journey planning tool .

Kawasaki is just a stone's throw from Tokyo. In April, daily temperatures in Kawasaki can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kawasaki

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Yokohama Chinatown
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Yokohama Chinatown ©
Yokohama Chinatown
Taro Okamoto Museum of Art ©
Taro Okamoto Museum of Art

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 6th (Mon), wander the streets of Kichijoji, stop by Ginza Itoya Hontren, make a trip to Hozomon, then explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, and finally wander the streets of Kagurazaka.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Tokyo day trip planning site .

Tokyo is very close to Kawasaki. On the 7th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Kichijoji
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Kichijoji ©
Kichijoji
Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan ©
Kagurazaka ©
Kagurazaka

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