12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights

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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 2nd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Nezu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, make a trip to Hozomon, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and finally make a trip to Chidorigafuchi. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, then contemplate the waterfront views at Meguro River, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokyo Camii & Turkish Culture Center.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo vacation planner.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Tokyo, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in April; daily highs in Tokyo reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas · Nature
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Waho-An NATURE Tokyo ©
Waho-An NATURE Tokyo
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine

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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 Arashiyama. Get a sense of the local culture at Kennin-ji Temple and Higashi Hongan-ji Temple. Explore hidden gems such as Nishi Honganji and Honen-in. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Yasakanoto, contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja, and don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary app.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 7:
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Higashi Hongan-ji Temple ©
Higashi Hongan-ji Temple
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Shimogamo Jinja ©
Shimogamo Jinja

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Nara Park and Mt. Wakakusa. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nigatsu-do Temple and Kofuku-ji Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Naramachi Koshino Ie, Nara National Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and take a stroll through Dotombori District.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Osaka are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 11th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigan-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, and finally make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima road trip planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Spas
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 12:
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Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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