13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Jakarta
bus + Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Kitakyushu
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Osaka
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Mino
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Tonami
— 1 night
train:  7​h
6
Hitachinaka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Jakarta

2
nights
Kitakyushu

Kitakyushu ©
An important gateway for trade and travel between Honshu and Kyushu, the city of Kitakyushu has an old industrial waterfront and provides access to a number of natural sites across the wider region.
Kitakyushu City Kawachi Fuji Garden Wisterias Blossom has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get a dose of culture at Kitakyushu City Kawachi Fuji Garden Wisterias Blossom.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kitakyushu road trip planning tool .

Jakarta, Indonesia to Kitakyushu is an approximately 13-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, taxi, and train. The time zone difference moving from West Indonesia Time (WIB) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 2 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Jakarta in April, with highs in Kitakyushu at 20°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Events Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Karato market
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Mojiko Retro ©
Mojiko Retro
Karato market ©
Karato market

1
night
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.
Kuromon Market has been added to your itinerary. On the 27th (Fri), shop like a local with Dotonbori.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka online tour itinerary builder .

Jakarta, Indonesia to Osaka is an approximately 11-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Jakarta to Osaka is 2 hours. Traveling from Jakarta in April, expect Osaka to be cooler, temps between 22°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

2
nights
Mino

Mino ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Shukugawa Park and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nakayama-dera. On the next day, buy something for everyone on your list at Hankyu Nishinomiya Gardens.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mino online travel route planner .

You can drive from Osaka to Mino in an hour. In April in Mino, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Mino

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nishinomiya, Nakayama-dera
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Shukugawa Park ©
Shukugawa Park
Hankyu Nishinomiya Gardens ©
Hankyu Nishinomiya Gardens
Nakayama-dera ©
Nakayama-dera

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.
On the 3rd (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Shosei-en Garden, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally browse the different shops at Kyoto Station Building. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Heian Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then wander the streets of Gion.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner .

Drive from Mino to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. In May in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Tonami.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Gion
Gion

1
night
Tonami

Tonami ©
You've now added Tonami Tulip Park to your itinerary.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tonami planning website .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Tonami takes 4 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Tonami can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hitachinaka.

Things to do in Tonami

Parks
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Tonami Tulip Park ©
Tonami Tulip Park

2
nights
Hitachinaka

Hitachinaka ©
Dotted with beaches and parks, Hitachinaka makes for a great getaway along the Pacific Coast.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hitachi Seaside Park. On the 6th (Sun), get some jogging in at Semba Boadwalk, then hunt for treasures at Nakaminato Fish Market, then let little ones run wild at Hitachi Seaside Park, and finally take in the views from Kaimon Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Center, then stroll through Kodokan Park, and then kick back and relax at Oarai Sun Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hitachinaka trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Tonami to Hitachinaka in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect little chillier evenings in Hitachinaka when traveling from Tonami in May, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hitachinaka

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Mito, Wildlife Center, Oarai Sun Beach
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Hitachi Seaside Park ©
Hitachi Seaside Park
Semba Boadwalk ©
Semba Boadwalk
Kodokan Park ©
Kodokan Park

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, browse the exhibits of Tokyo National Museum, then wander the streets of Ginza, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo travel planner .

Getting from Hitachinaka to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Hitachinaka in May, Tokyo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Ginza ©
Ginza

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