12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kalamazoo
Fly:  18​h
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Kalamazoo

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): examine the collection at Samurai Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Nogeyama Zoo, then admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo road trip planner.

Kalamazoo, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Kalamazoo to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kalamazoo in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 88°F and lows about 76°F. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yokohama Municipal Nogeyama Zoo
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Samurai Museum ©
Samurai Museum

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kanabiki Waterfall and Kamogawa River. Get in touch with nature at Kaizu Osaki and Yase Momiji no Komichi. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, explore the world behind art at Hosomi Museum, take an in-depth tour of Namikawa Yasuyuki Sippo Memorial Museum, and make a trip to Gion.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto visit app .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Kyoto are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Kaizu Osaki, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, Kanabiki Waterfall
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple ©
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Mt. Kurama ©
Mt. Kurama

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Mint Museum, examine the collection at CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, admire the verdant scenery at Arima Onsen, then examine the collection at Kiku-Masamune Shuzo Kinenkan, and finally see the interesting displays at Kawasaki Good Times World. On your second day here, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then walk around Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple, and finally take a stroll through Dotonbori.

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Osaka is very close to Kyoto. In September, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara, Kobe, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
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Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA ©
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Hiroshima Castle. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

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You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In September in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 69°F at night. On the 9th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Hiroshima Castle ©
Hiroshima Castle

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