12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Surabaya, Indonesia
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 30​min
4
Kita
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Surabaya, Indonesia


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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.
Attractions like Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings and Edo-Tokyo Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Urayasu (about 30 minutes away). Have a day of magic on the 13th (Thu) at Tokyo Disneyland. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to The Tsukiji Market, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder .

Surabaya, Indonesia to Tokyo is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Surabaya to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Surabaya in December, things will get cooler in Tokyo: highs are around 14°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

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Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): cruise along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, make a trip to Omicho Market, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, then admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, then contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa vacation planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in December, you will find days in Kanazawa are a bit cooler (11°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway ©
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

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.
To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto road trip planning tool .

Take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Kita.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

3
nights
Kita

Kita ©
A Kita holiday offers a great deal of varied attractions that cater to all kinds of modern urban explorers.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Shinsekai and then take in panoramic vistas at Tsutenkaku. On the next day, make a trip to Abeno Harukas, then find something for the whole family at SpaWorld, and then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kita itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kita takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kita

Neighborhoods Shopping Baths

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Osaka
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Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)
SpaWorld ©
SpaWorld
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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