12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Osaka
— 3 nights
2
Otsu
— 1 night
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
4
Tokyo
— 4 nights

3
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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Todaiji Temple Cultural Center and The World Money Box Museum. Take a break from Osaka with a short trip to Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum in Kobe, about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: visit Dotombori District, see the interesting displays at Namban Culture Center, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka vacation planner.

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major aiports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In December, daytime highs in Osaka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Otsu.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

The World Money Box Museum, Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

1
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Otsu

Otsu ©
The lake port city of Otsu has a wealth of sites of historical and cultural importance and lies within close proximity to Kyoto.
On the 6th (Fri), fly down the slopes at Biwako Valley. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Byodoin Omote-sando, revel in the low prices at Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo, look for gifts at La Collina Omihachiman, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple).

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Otsu trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Otsu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Otsu sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Otsu

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Shopping

Side Trips

La Collina Omihachiman, Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo, Byodoin Omote-sando
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Biwako Valley ©
Biwako Valley
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple ©
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple) ©
Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)

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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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Fuuka-Kimono. Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, hike along Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course, admire the masterpieces at Kyoto National Museum, and make a trip to Gion.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Kyoto sightseeing planner.

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Otsu. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods
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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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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.
Let the collections at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum capture your imagination. For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Takeshita Street. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo Disneyland in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. The adventure continues: stop by Odaiba District, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip tool.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland

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