12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 1 night
Train
3
Uji
— 1 day
Train
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 1 day
Drive
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kobe
— 1 day
Drive
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, look for gifts at Four-M, then wander the streets of Dotombori District, then wander the streets of Minami (Namba), and finally make a trip to Dotombori Glico Sign. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Waterfall of Mino and then wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Osaka online driving holiday planner.

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major aiports are Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport and Chubu Centrair International Airport. In April, daytime highs in Osaka are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 26 — 28:

1
night
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 (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally trek along Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip app.

Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can take a train to Uji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Trails · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 28 — 29:

1
day
Uji

Lying between Kyoto and Nara, the small city of Uji stands as a place of culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Byodoin, admire the masterpieces at Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan, get to know the fascinating history of Byodoin Omote-sando, explore the activities along Uji River, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ujigami Shrine, and finally browse the handmade items at Asahiyaki.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Uji trip builder website.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Uji in an hour. Another option is to drive. April in Uji sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Uji

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 29 — 30:

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nights
Kyoto

Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, buy something for everyone on your list at Kyoto Station Building, look for gifts at Fuuka-Kimono, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto holiday planning site.

You can take a train from Uji to Kyoto in an hour. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 1:

1
day
Nara

Ancient City

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 1st (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Harushika Brewery, and finally look for gifts at Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nara trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kyoto in May since evenings lows in Nara dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay May 1 — 2:

3
nights
Osaka

Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Hankyu Umeda Gallery and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at SpaWorld, then look for gifts at Tower Knives Osaka, then take a stroll through Midosuji Street, and finally see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nara in May since evenings lows in Osaka dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Shopping · Museums · Baths
Find places to stay May 1 — 4:

1
day
Kobe

Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
On the 4th (Mon), indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Arima Onsen, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rokko, then take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, and finally take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kobe vacation planner.

Drive from Osaka to Kobe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Osaka in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kobe: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 4 — 5:

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Osaka

Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): get some fabulous bargains at Rinku Premium Outlets, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin. On the next day, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then wander the streets of Nipponbashi Denden Town, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and finally look for gifts at Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Osaka online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kobe to Osaka in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kobe in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Osaka: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 18°C at night. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 4 — 7:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.