12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Osaka
— 1 night
3
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: San Diego

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, & more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima holiday planner.

San Diego, USA to Hiroshima is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 17 hour difference. When traveling from San Diego in October, plan for slightly colder days in Hiroshima, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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.
On the 13th (Tue), shop like a local with Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Osaka vacation maker site .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 14th (Wed), make a trip to Omicho Market, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, then walk around Kenrokuen Garden, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa route planning website .

You can take a train from Osaka to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo holiday app .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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