12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Honolulu, Oahu
Fly:  9​h
1
Tokyo
— 7 nights
train:  3​h
2
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 1 day
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  3​h
5
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h
End: Honolulu, Oahu

7
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 Museum of Yebisu Beer, Nakano Broadway, Godzilla Head, and other attractions you added. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Ikspiari).

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo online tour itinerary planner .

Honolulu, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Honolulu to Tokyo, you'll lose 19 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Honolulu in October, things will get slightly colder in Tokyo: highs are around 72°F and lows about 60°F. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Samurai Museum ©
Samurai Museum
Museum of Yebisu Beer ©
Museum of Yebisu Beer

1
night
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.
You've added Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Kyoto Station Building, Arashiyama, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Monkey Park Iwatayama, don't miss a visit to Arashiyama, get a taste of the local shopping with Kyoto Station Building, then take a stroll through Gion, and finally contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 60°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

1
day
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Dotonbori, Umeda Sky Building, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, take a stroll through Nipponbashi Denden Town, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then wander the streets of Dotonbori, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Umeda Sky Building.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planning tool .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in October, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Shopping
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

1
night
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Rurikoin and Kinkaku-ji. On the 13th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rurikoin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and finally explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary app .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trip

The Railway Museum
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Hozomon ©
Hozomon

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