12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  23​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Nagoya
— Few hours
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

3
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 DisneySea as well as Nakamise Shopping Street (Kaminarimon). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine and appreciate the history behind Hachiko.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo online route builder .

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in July; daily highs in Tokyo reach 87°F and lows reach 74°F. You will leave for Nagoya on the 8th (Mon).

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

few
hours
Nagoya

Nagoya
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Nagoya journey maker site .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nagoya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. July in Nagoya sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 74°F at night. You'll set off for Tokyo on the 8th (Mon).

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nakamise Shopping Street (Kaminarimon), Takeshita Street, Rainbow Bridge, and other attractions you added. Kids will enjoy KidZania Tokyo and Ninja Trick House In Tokyo. Step off the beaten path and head to Observatory, Seaside Top and Fukagawa Edo Museum. See even more of Tokyo: wander the streets of Asakusa.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip app .

Take a train from Nagoya to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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KidZania Tokyo ©
KidZania Tokyo
Fukagawa Edo Museum ©
Fukagawa Edo Museum
Ninja Trick House In Tokyo ©
Ninja Trick House In Tokyo

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nishiki Market as well as Gion. On the 13th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mimurotoji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally shop like a local with Nishiki Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): take a stroll through Gion, then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto tour planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. July in Kyoto sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Mimurotoji Temple, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple)
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Mimurotoji Temple ©
Mimurotoji Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple

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