12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Hiroshima
— 1 day
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
3
Osaka
— 1 night
4
Amagasaki
— 1 night
5
Shirakawa-cho
— 1 night
6
Tokyo
— 2 nights
7
Urayasu
— 2 nights

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, thencontemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, thensteep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

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

Surabaya, Indonesia to Hiroshima is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Surabaya to Hiroshima is 2 hours. Traveling from Surabaya in December, expect Hiroshima to be cooler, temps between °C and °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
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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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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 13th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Togetsukyo Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, thenexplore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kyoto online route planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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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 15th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, find something for the whole family at SpaWorld, and then wander the streets of Dotombori District.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Osaka trip builder.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Amagasaki.

Things to do in Osaka

Baths Spas Historic Sites
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SpaWorld ©
SpaWorld
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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night
Amagasaki

Amagasaki ©
Amagasaki is an industrial city located in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Amagasaki vacation builder app.

Amagasaki is very close to Osaka. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Shirakawa-cho.

Things to do in Amagasaki

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Tempozan Ferris Wheel ©
Tempozan Ferris Wheel

1
night
Shirakawa-cho

Shirakawa-cho
For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Shirakawa-cho holiday builder website.

You can drive from Amagasaki to Shirakawa-cho in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Amagasaki in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Shirakawa-cho: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. On the 17th (Mon), you'll travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shirakawa-cho

Nature Parks Museums
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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Meiji Jingu Shrine and Tokyo Skytree. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, engage your brain at National Museum of Nature and Science, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tokyo, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Shirakawa-cho to Tokyo in 5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Shirakawa-cho in December: highs in Tokyo hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Urayasu.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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owlcafe akibafukurou ©
owlcafe akibafukurou
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings

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Urayasu

Urayasu ©
A city lying on Tokyo Bay, Urayasu used to stand separate from the giant metropolis next door, but now, even though it belongs to another prefecture, it seems part of the capital.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Tokyo DisneySea.

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Urayasu is just a stone's throw from Tokyo. Traveling from Tokyo in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of °C in Urayasu. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Urayasu

Theme Parks
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea