12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Paderborn
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  5​h 15​min
4
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Paderborn

3
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: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online itinerary planner .

Paderborn, Germany to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Paderborn in September, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
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.
Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 23rd (Mon), steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine and then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip maker website .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

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

2
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): get in on the family fun at Fuji-Q Highland and then go for a walk through Lake Kawaguchi.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Hiroshima in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. On the 26th (Thu), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Theme Parks Nature Parks

Side Trip

Fuji-Q Highland
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Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

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