12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Osaka
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
4
Nara
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
End: Osaka

2
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.
Kiyomizu-dera Temple has been added to your itinerary. There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka journey planner.

If you are flying in from Israel, the closest major airports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. August in Osaka sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Kiyomizu-dera Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

2
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Himeji Castle. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden, then don't miss a visit to Otemae Street, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally make a trip to Shoshazan Ropeway. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Viewing Deck, Himeji Station Square, take in nature's colorful creations at Sunken Garden, Castle Garden, and then find something for the whole family at Taiyo Park.

Make your Himeji itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Osaka in August, expect nights in Himeji to be about the same, around 31°C, while days are little chillier, around 35°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
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Taiyo Park ©
Taiyo Park
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

3
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.
You've now added Arashiyama to your itinerary. On the 15th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji and then make a trip to Arashiyama. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Kyutei Omuro.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Himeji in August, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 39°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

4
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nara Park. There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Todaiji Keidaicho, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and take in nature's colorful creations at Yoshikien.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nara online tour planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. August in Nara sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C at night. On the 21st (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Tours
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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