12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
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Kyoto — 5 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle Bairin, &more) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Jishu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and wander the streets of Gion.

To see maps and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary builder app.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Kyoto is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually an 8 hour difference. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.
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Kanazawa — 1 night

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 30th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, surround yourself with nature on In Kanazawa House, then don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and finally wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa route website.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can fly to Tokyo.
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Tokyo — 5 nights

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.
Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
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Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.
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