12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Surabaya, Indonesia
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  13​h 30​min
1
Hiroshima
— 1 day
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
3
Kita
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
4
Amagasaki
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Shirakawa-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Subway:  30​min
7
Urayasu
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Surabaya, Indonesia


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1
day
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 12th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, then make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima visit planner.

Surabaya, Indonesia to Hiroshima is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Traveling from Surabaya to Hiroshima, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Surabaya in December, expect Hiroshima to be much colder, temps between 13°C and 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the 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

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 13th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Togetsukyo Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo-jo Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kita.

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

1
night
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, laugh and play at SpaWorld, and then take a stroll through Dotonbori.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kita trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kita takes 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Kita are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Amagasaki.

Things to do in Kita

Baths Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Osaka
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SpaWorld ©
SpaWorld
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
Amagasaki

Amagasaki ©
Amagasaki is an industrial city located in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Tempozan Ferris Wheel and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

For maps and more tourist information, use the Amagasaki holiday builder website .

Amagasaki is very close to Kita. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can 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
To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Shirakawa-cho trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Amagasaki to Shirakawa-cho in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Amagasaki in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Shirakawa-cho: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 3°C at night. You will leave for Tokyo on the 17th (Mon).

Things to do in Shirakawa-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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2
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings and National Museum of Nature and Science. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, make a trip to The Tsukiji Market, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Shirakawa-cho to Tokyo takes 5 hours. While traveling from Shirakawa-cho, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Urayasu.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the magic at Tokyo DisneySea.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Urayasu online trip itinerary builder .

Urayasu is very close to Tokyo. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Urayasu when traveling from Tokyo in December, with lows around 8°C. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Urayasu

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

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