12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan vacation maker

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Kanazawa
— 1 night
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Train to Hamamatsucho, Tram to Tokyo Haneda, Fly to Nassau

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Tokyo

— 4 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: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel route planner.

Nassau, Bahamas to Tokyo is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 14 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Nassau in January, with highs in Tokyo at 11°C and lows at 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Osaka

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally visit Dotombori District.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Kyoto

— 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, visit Arashiyama, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel planner.

Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kyoto are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 1 night
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 30th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and then admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.