12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fujiyoshida
— 2 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 1 night
Train
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Tokyo
— 1 night
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Tokyo

— 3 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, get in on the family fun at Tokyo Disneyland, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip builder.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 17 hours. October in Tokyo sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 11:

Fujiyoshida

— 2 nights
A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Omuro Sengen Shrine (Shimosengen). On your second day here, pause for some photo ops at Sangen Jaya Historic Site, make a trip to Mt. Fuji Gogome Kani Post Office, make a trip to Mt. Fuji 5th Station, then have fun at Onshirin Garden, then make a trip to Oshino Hakkai, and finally explore the activities along Waku Pond.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Fujiyoshida route planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Fujiyoshida in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Tokyo in October, you will find days in Fujiyoshida are a bit cooler (62°F), and nights are about the same (59°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Osaka.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Parks · Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:

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.
Osaka Free Walking Tour has been added to your itinerary. On the 13th (Wed), gain a rich perspective with Osaka Free Walking Tour and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally shop like a local with Dotombori District.

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You can fly from Fujiyoshida to Osaka in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Fujiyoshida in October, you will find days in Osaka are somewhat warmer (73°F), and nights are about the same (59°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 15:

Kyoto

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kyoto road trip site.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 16:

Tokyo

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Tokyo Central Railway Station, make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo DisneySea, and then take a stroll through Ginza.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 17:

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.