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
— Few hours
train + bus:  2​h
6
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
bus + train:  1​h 45​min
7
Tokyo
— 1 day
Fly:  9​h 45​min
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 Tokyo Disneyland, Diver City Tokyo Plaza, Museum of Yebisu Beer, and other attractions you added. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Ikspiari.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online trip itinerary builder .

Honolulu, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii Standard Time (HST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 19 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Honolulu in October; daily highs in Tokyo reach 72°F and lows reach 60°F. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Fri) before leaving for 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 Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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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

Parks Zoos & Aquariums 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
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

few
hours
Tokyo

Tokyo
To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip maker app .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You will leave for Hakone-machi on the 13th (Sun).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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1
night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Head to Hakone Craft House and Owakudani Kurotamago Kanfor plenty of shopping. Get some historical perspective at Oyama Afuri Shrine and Choanji Temple. Step out of Hakone-machi to go to Fuji and see Nature & Wildlife Tours, which is approximately 1h 05 min away.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi travel tool .

Take a train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 59°F. You'll set off for home on the 17th (Thu).

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Shopping Classes
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Hakone Craft House ©
Hakone Craft House

1
day
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): go for a walk through Hozomon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine.

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Traveling by train from Hakone-machi to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Hakone-machi in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Hozomon ©
Hozomon

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