12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  26​h
1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Houston

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
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 23rd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip builder.

Houston, USA to Hiroshima is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from Houston to Hiroshima, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Houston in June; daily highs in Hiroshima reach 79°F and lows reach 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
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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

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, religious sites, sightseeing, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, make a trip to Gion, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto online itinerary creator.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In June in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Tokyo is known for sightseeing, parks, shopping, museums, and religious sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Tsukiji Market, and wander the streets of Akihabara.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Kyoto in June, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit cooler (76°F), and nights are about the same (71°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Parks
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

2
nights
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.
On the 2nd (Sun), get all the information you need at Hakone Open Air Museum, explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then make a splash at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Hakone Sekisho, then make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, and then get great views at Hakone Ropeway.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Hakone-machi travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Hakone-machi can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Theme Parks Baths
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun

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