12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  30​min
2
Yokohama
— 1 night
Train:  3​h
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h
4
Nara
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Calgary

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 Akihabara as well as Pokemon Mega Center Tokyo. Explore hidden gems such as Food Tours and Samurai Armor Photo Studio. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kinchakuda Manjushage Park (in Hidaka) and Mitsumine Shrine (in Chichibu). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at teamLab☆Planets, don't miss a visit to Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai), admire the natural beauty at Happoen Garden, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo sightseeing planning app .

Calgary, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Calgary to Tokyo is 16 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Calgary in October: highs in Tokyo hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can take a train to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Mitsumine Shrine, Kinchakuda Manjushage Park
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Samurai Armor Photo Studio ©
Samurai Armor Photo Studio
Food Tours
Happoen Garden ©
Happoen Garden

1
night
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
On the 10th (Sat), sample the tasty concoctions at Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory, take a leisurely stroll along Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, then walk around Yamashita Park, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Kishamichi Promenade.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Yokohama trip maker tool .

Yokohama is just a stone's throw from Tokyo. In October in Yokohama, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Yokohama

Tours Breweries & Distilleries Parks
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Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory ©
Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal ©
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal
Yamashita Park ©
Yamashita Park

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sunset Owl Cafe and Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Chion-in Temple (in Higashiyama) and Ninna-ji Temple (in Ukyo). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, stop by Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and have fun and explore at Kids Plaza Osaka.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Osaka sightseeing planner.

Getting from Yokohama to Osaka by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In October in Osaka, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Kyoto
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Ninna-ji Temple ©
Ninna-ji Temple

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Yoshikien, admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden, then admire the landmark architecture of Nara National Museum, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Naramachi Koshino Ie, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa.

For maps and tourist information, refer to the Nara attractions app .

You can take a train from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Isuien Garden ©
Isuien Garden
Nara National Museum
Nara National Museum

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