12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Osaka
— 2 nights
2
Hiroshima
— 1 night
3
Nara
— 1 night
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
5
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
6
Yokohama
— 1 night
7
Tokyo
— 2 nights

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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 24th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, thenget your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, thenwander the streets of Dotombori District, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Keep things going the next day: gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka online tour itinerary planner.

Albuquerque, USA to Osaka is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 16 hours. Traveling from Albuquerque in March, expect nights in Osaka to be about the same, around °F, while days are little chillier, around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 25:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, thencontemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, thenget engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima journey site.

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around °F in March, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nara.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 26:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

1
night
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 27th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Kofuku-ji Temple 5 Stories Pagoda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, thenidentify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nara trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Nara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In March in Nara, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 27:
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Gion, thenexplore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and finally admire the natural beauty at Keishuin Garden.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto holiday planning app.

Getting from Nara to Kyoto by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Nara in March, Kyoto is a bit cooler at night with lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, thenexplore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum, thenexplore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi online route planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Hakone-machi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or fly. Traveling from Kyoto in March, you will find days in Hakone-machi are a bit cooler (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yokohama.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Nature Parks
Find places to stay Mar 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Narukawa Art Museum ©
Narukawa Art Museum

1
night
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, see the interesting displays at Yokohama Silk Museum, thenget to know the fascinating history of Sankeien Gardens, and finally take a stroll through Yokohama Chinatown.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Yokohama trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Yokohama in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and subway; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Yokohama, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Kamakura
Find places to stay Mar 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Sankeien Gardens ©
Sankeien Gardens
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, thendon't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and then wander the streets of Odaiba District.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Tokyo planning website.

Drive from Yokohama to Tokyo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March in Tokyo, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 2:
Highlights from your plan
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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