12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Himeji — 1 night

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, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and then make a trip to Otemae Street.

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Rome, Italy to Himeji is an approximately 18.5-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 6°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.
Historic Sites · Parks
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Hiroshima — 2 nights

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, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

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Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
Side Trip
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Kyoto — 4 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.
Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Osaka to see Universal Studios Japan about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, admire the natural beauty at Shosei-en Garden, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

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Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.
Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Parks
Side Trip
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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 sightseeing, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

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You can fly from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:

Japan travel guide

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.