12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 1 night
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
4
Miyakojima
— 3 nights

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take a stroll through Ginza, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, thenexplore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, and finally visit Akihabara.

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Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Ginza ©
Ginza

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Kyoto National Museum and Kyoto International Manga Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto online visit planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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.
Street Kart Osaka has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): shop like a local with Hankyu Umeda Gallery. On your second day here, wander the streets of Minami (Namba), thenvisit Dotombori District, thenget a taste of local nightlife at Street Kart Osaka, and finally examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Osaka road trip website.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in October, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

3
nights
Miyakojima

A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Irabu-jima Island has been added to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Higashi Hennazaki Lighthouse and Yukishio Museum. Visiting Yonaha Maehama Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Aragusuku Beach, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, and look for all kinds of wild species at Yabiji.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Miyakojima tour planner.

You can fly from Osaka to Miyakojima in 4.5 hours. In October, Miyakojima is somewhat warmer than Osaka - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

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