12 days in Japan & Bali Itinerary

12 days in Japan & Bali Itinerary

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Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
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Ubud, Indonesia
— 2 nights
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Kuta, Indonesia
— 3 nights
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Tokyo, Japan

— 2 nights
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get curious at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary builder site.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 17 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in June; daily highs in Tokyo reach 79°F and lows reach 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

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Kyoto, Japan

— 3 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto vacation maker.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Thu) before leaving for Ubud.

Things to do in Kyoto

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Ubud, Indonesia

— 2 nights
Experience small-town Bali in Ubud, an atmospheric town surrounded by small settlements, farms, and rice paddies.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stroll through Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saraswati Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Tegalalang Rice Terrace. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Elephant Cave, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tirta Empul Temple, and then stroll through Mason Elephant Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ubud day trip planning site.

Fly from Kyoto to Ubud in 13 hours. Traveling from Kyoto to Ubud, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ubud when traveling from Kyoto in June, with lows around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kuta.

Things to do in Ubud

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

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Kuta, Indonesia

— 3 nights
Formerly a sleepy fishing village, the beach resort town of Kuta now represents one of Indonesia's most popular tourist destinations.
Step out of Kuta with an excursion to Tanah Lot Temple in Beraban--about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: cool off at Waterbom Bali, stop by House of Nineth Life, enjoy the sand and surf at Kuta Beach - Bali, and take in the exciting artwork at Nyaman Gallery.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kuta trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ubud to Kuta in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. June in Kuta sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 77°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kuta

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

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Japan travel guide

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Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

Bali travel guide

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World heritage site · Spas · Beaches
Island of the Gods
A province of Indonesia, the island of Bali remains one of the world's top tourist destinations thanks to its beaches, diving spots, and resorts. Take a trip to Bali to discover the island's smiling and famously hospitable locals--perhaps the biggest treasure of this tropical paradise. More than just another fun-in-the-sun getaway, Bali also reveals a rich history and varied geography of mountains, rugged coastal areas, sandy beaches, thriving rice terraces, and stark volcanic hillsides that seem transported from another planet. A Bali tour uncovers some of the world's best surfing spots, as well as a deeply spiritual local culture and globally significant archeological attractions.