12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
3
Kyoto
— 1 night
4
Osaka
— 3 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and get your game on at owlcafe akibafukurou.

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Surabaya, Indonesia to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Western Indonesia Time (WIB) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Surabaya in December, things will get colder in Tokyo: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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owlcafe akibafukurou ©
owlcafe akibafukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): cruise along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, thendon't miss a visit to Omicho Market, thenexplore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, thencontemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To find where to stay and tourist information, read Kanazawa holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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 19th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kyoto route maker app.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for the train ride to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

3
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.
On the 19th (Wed), make a trip to Shinsekai and then admire the landmark architecture of Tsutenkaku. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Abeno Harukas, thenlaugh and play at SpaWorld, and then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Baths
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Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
SpaWorld ©
SpaWorld
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle