12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Himeji
— 1 night
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
4
Tokyo
— 3 nights

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
On the 27th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, thenadmire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and then make a trip to Otemae Street.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Himeji vacation maker tool.

Rome, Italy to Himeji is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Rome to Himeji due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rome in December, expect nights in Himeji to be about the same, around °C, while days are a bit cooler, around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Otemae Street ©
Otemae Street

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): head off the coast to Miyajima and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, thencontemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planner.

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Osaka to see Universal Studios Japan about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, admire the natural beauty at Shosei-en Garden, take a stroll through Arashiyama, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip maker website.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

3
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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