12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Maihama (Tokyo DisneySea & Tokyo Disneyland). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Tokyo Tower, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, stop by Odaiba District, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

Sacramento, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Sacramento to Tokyo, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Sacramento, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping

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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 14th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, stop by Yamanaka Aburaten, then don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and finally take a stroll through Gion.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto sightseeing planning website.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. September in Kyoto sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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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 16th (Thu), take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka itinerary website.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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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.