12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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

— 1 night
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.
On the 29th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then stop by Dotombori District. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Shukugawa Park and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka road trip tool.

Sofia, Bulgaria to Osaka is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 7 hours. Traveling from Sofia in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Osaka, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 28 — 30:

Hiroshima

— 1 night

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 1st (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

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Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 1:

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Himeji online journey planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 1 — 2:

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.
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, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take a stroll through Gion.

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Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Himeji in May, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 2 — 6:

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, then walk around Ueno Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and finally take a stroll through Akihabara.

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Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Tokyo are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay May 6 — 9:

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.