12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  21​h
1
Bungotakada
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Taketa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Beppu
— 2 nights
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
5
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Zurich

1
day
Bungotakada

Bungotakada ©
On the 19th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tokoji Temple Five Hundred Arhats, take an in-depth tour of Oita Prefectural Museum of History, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Usajingu Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Kumano Magaibutsu, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Fukiji Temple.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bungotakada journey builder app .

Zurich, Switzerland to Bungotakada is an approximately 21-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Zurich to Bungotakada. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in October: high temperatures in Bungotakada hover around 26°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Taketa.

Things to do in Bungotakada

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Usa
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Kumano Magaibutsu ©
Kumano Magaibutsu
Usajingu Shrine ©
Usajingu Shrine

2
nights
Taketa

Taketa ©
Taketa is a city located in Ōita Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Kuju Mountain Range, identify plant and animal life at Ogi Rice Terraces, then contemplate the waterfront views at Ikeyama Springs, and finally steep yourself in history at Tonomachi Old Samurai Residences. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Nanatsumori Ancient Tumulus, identify plant and animal life at Tadewara Wetlands, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kuju.

Before you visit Taketa, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Bungotakada to Taketa in 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Taketa are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Beppu.

Things to do in Taketa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kokonoe-machi, Ubuyama-mura
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Tadewara Wetlands ©
Tadewara Wetlands

2
nights
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): stop by Angel Kimono Rental Beppu, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hells of Beppu, and then explore the world behind art at Oita Prefectural Art Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through African Safari, soothe aching muscles at Yufuin Area, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kinrin.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Beppu online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Taketa to Beppu in 1.5 hours. In October in Beppu, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Yufu, African Safari, Oita Prefectural Art Museum
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African Safari ©
African Safari
Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Yufuin Area ©
Yufuin Area

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tofuku-ji Temple and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu-dera Temple will appeal to history buffs. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Nara Park in Nara, approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and shop like a local with Dotonbori.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Kyoto day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Beppu to Kyoto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, tram, and train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Dotonbori, Nara Park
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ueno Zoo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Asakusa, don't miss a visit to Harajuku Takeshita-dori, and then wander the streets of Shimokitazawa.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip app .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. October in Tokyo sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

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