12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Bengaluru
Fly + Train:  12 h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Nikko
— 1 day
Train:  5 h
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Hiroshima
— 1 day
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
6
Nara
— 1 day
Train:  45 min
7
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
8
Tokyo
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  15 h
End: Bengaluru

4
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Fire Museum, Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT, and other attractions. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nezu Shrine and Yanaka. Visit Asakusa Shrine and Senso-ji Temple for their historical value. The adventure continues: visit Ueno.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo tour itinerary planner.

Bengaluru, India to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 3.5 hour difference. In September, daytime highs in Tokyo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 29:
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

1
day
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): hike along Odashirogahara, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Urami Waterfall.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nikko day trip tool.

You can drive from Tokyo to Nikko in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September in Nikko, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Odashirogahara ©
Odashirogahara

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.
On the 30th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Shinnyodo Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamigamo Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kifune Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Hosenin, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Enkō-ji Temple.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto road trip tool.

Getting from Nikko to Kyoto by train takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and tram; or drive. While traveling from Nikko, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:
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Kamigamo Shrine ©
Kamigamo Shrine
Kifune Shrine ©
Kifune Shrine
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple ©
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple

1
day
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 1st (Tue): take a stroll through Kamiyacho, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima tour planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 2:
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Kamiyacho ©
Kamiyacho

2
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
On the 2nd (Wed), stop by Ippodo Tea Kyoto, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gio-ji Temple.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip planning site.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Joruri Temple, contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Nara National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nara online day trip planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Joruri Temple
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, then examine the collection at Modern Transportation Museum, then don't miss a visit to Hozenji Yokocho, and finally take a stroll through Dotombori.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary builder site.

Take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Nara in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Osaka, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Kobe
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 5:
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori ©
Dotombori
Kawasaki Good Times World ©
Kawasaki Good Times World

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Hie Jinjya.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo day trip planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 6:

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