12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Hiroshima
— 1 night
3
Kyoto
— 1 night
4
Nara
— 1 night
5
Osaka
— 2 nights

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Tokyo National Museum and Nezu Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Hase-dera Temple and Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum (in Koganei), Katori Jingu Shrine (in Katori) and Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kencho-ji Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zojo-ji Temple, wander the streets of Ueno District, don't miss a visit to Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, and steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary website.

Santiago, Chile to Tokyo is an approximately 31-hour flight. You'll lose 13 hours traveling from Santiago to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In March, daytime highs in Tokyo are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kamakura, Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, Katori Jingu Shrine
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Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 ©
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Peace Flame, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Mazda Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima route planning website.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Mazda Museum
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Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Mazda Museum ©
Mazda Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tofuku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chion-in Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nanzen-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto travel route website.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks
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Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

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 7th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, take an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally identify plant and animal life at Nara Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nara trip builder website.

Getting from Kyoto to Nara by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Nara. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
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Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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 8th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, explore the galleries of Mint Museum, then don't miss a visit to Hozenji Yokocho, and finally wander the streets of Dotombori District.

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

Getting from Nara to Osaka by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Nara in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Osaka, with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Mint Museum ©
Mint Museum

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