12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Auckland
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  3​h
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  4​h
4
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Auckland

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ebisuya Asakusa, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Tokyo Tower, and other attractions you added. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Akihabara, appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip tool .

Auckland, New Zealand to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Auckland to Tokyo, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Auckland in June: highs in Tokyo hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 22°C. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cycle Kyoto. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, make a trip to Heian Shrine, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kyoto road trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes MariCAR Osaka as well as Dotonbori. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, take a stroll through Dotonbori, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at MariCAR Osaka.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Osaka day trip planning site .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In June, daytime highs in Osaka are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Osaka

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Kuromon Market ©
Kuromon Market

1
night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hakone Sightseeing Cruise, Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu and Hakone Ropeway. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take a tour by water with Hakone Sightseeing Cruise.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi planner .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hakone-machi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Osaka in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Tours Outdoors Nature
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Hakone Sightseeing Cruise ©
Hakone Sightseeing Cruise
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Hakone Ropeway ©
Hakone Ropeway

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): stroll around Ueno Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip app .

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Ueno Park ©
Ueno Park

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