12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  24​h
1
Hakodate
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Itoman
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Atlanta

1
day
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
On the 23rd (Wed), browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market, then look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, then contemplate the long history of The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Motomachi.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hakodate trip maker tool .

Atlanta, USA to Hakodate is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 14 hours. Traveling from Atlanta in May, you will find days in Hakodate are cooler (60°F), and nights are slightly colder (50°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Itoman.

Things to do in Hakodate

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse ©
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse
Motomachi ©
Motomachi
The Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward ©

1
night
Itoman

Itoman ©
Itoman is a city located in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. On the 24th (Thu), stop by Onna Station Nakayukui Market, contemplate the long history of Sefa-Utaki, then stop by Sakemaru, and finally browse the different shops at Ashibina Outlet Mall. On your second day here, buy something for everyone on your list at AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Okinawa Peace Memorial Park, and then steep yourself in history at The Tower of Himeyuri.

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Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Hakodate to Itoman takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. While traveling from Hakodate, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Itoman, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Itoman

Shopping Historic Sites Nightlife

Side Trips

Sakemaru, Sefa-Utaki, Onna Station Nakayukui Market, AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM, Ashibina Outlet Mall
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AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM ©
AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park ©
Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Sefa-Utaki ©
Sefa-Utaki

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Keep things going the next day: stop by Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip website .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Itoman to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry. Traveling from Itoman in May, plan for little chillier nights in Hiroshima, with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kure, Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street
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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

2
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.
On the 28th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo-jo Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto journey site .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Toji ©
Toji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

1
night
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, browse the fresh offerings at Okuhida Fukuji Onsen Asaichi, then contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, and finally see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Takayama trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Kyoto to Takayama in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Takayama can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, then admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and finally wander the streets of Ginza. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa, and then examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Takayama to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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