12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Fukuoka Airport, Drive to Bungotakada
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Bungotakada
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Taketa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Beppu
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Bungotakada

Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokoji Temple Five Hundred Arhats, make a trip to Oita Prefectural Museum of History, then steep yourself in history at Usajingu Shrine, then make a trip to Kumano Magaibutsu, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukiji Temple.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bungotakada holiday planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Bungotakada is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Bungotakada is 8 hours. Traveling from Zurich in October, expect Bungotakada to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°C and 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Taketa.

Things to do in Bungotakada

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 20:

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Taketa

Taketa is a city located in Ōita Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kuju Mountain Range, look for all kinds of wild species at Ogi Rice Terraces, then explore the activities along Ikeyama Springs, and finally don't miss a visit to Tonomachi Old Samurai Residences. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus, then look for all kinds of wild species at Tadewara Wetlands, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kuju.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Taketa trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Bungotakada to Taketa in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Taketa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:

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Beppu

The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
On the 22nd (Tue), stop by Angel Kimono Rental Beppu, take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu, and then admire the masterpieces at Oita Prefectural Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): meet the residents at African Safari, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Yufuin Area, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kinrin.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Beppu journey builder.

You can drive from Taketa to Beppu in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 23:

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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 Tenryuji Temple and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Popular historic sites such as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Nara Park (in Nara) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto travel planner.

You can take a train from Beppu to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:

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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 27th (Sun): wander the streets of Ginza, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ueno Zoo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Asakusa, then take a stroll through Takeshita Street, and then take a stroll through Shimokitazawa.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Tokyo are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

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Japan travel guide

4.3
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.