12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Seoul
Fly:  5 h 15 min
1
Osaka
— 4 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
End: Seoul

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Nara Park and Mt. Koya. Get some historical perspective at Himeji Castle and Osaka Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Koya-cho (Ryusen-in Temple & Koyasan Okunoin), Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, &more) and Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) (in Kobe). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Dotombori District, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Omine, and look for gifts at Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Osaka online trip itinerary planner.

Seoul, South Korea to Osaka is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Seoul in December: high temperatures in Osaka hover around 13°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho, Katsuragi Highlands, Taimadera Nakanobo, Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kiyomizu Sannei-Zaka Seiryu-en, Sagano and Arashiyama. On the 6th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Kiyomizu Sannei-Zaka Seiryu-en, stop by Fuuka-Kimono, thentake a stroll through Arashiyama, and finally get great views at Sagano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Gion, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, thensteep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kyoto road trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for the train ride to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

3
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.
Akihabara has been added to your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Senso-ji Temple and Imperial Palace. For shopping fun, head to Asakusa or Ginza. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Kanotoiwa (in Hinohara-mura), Minamisawa Ajisaiyama (in Akiruno) and Rock Garden (in Ome). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, get a taste of the local shopping with Takeshita Street, browse the exhibits of Tokyo National Museum, and get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo tour itinerary builder website.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. December in Tokyo sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Kanotoiwa, Minamisawa Ajisaiyama, Rock Garden
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace

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