12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + train:  18​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  3​h
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Fujinomiya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Houston

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 1st (Fri): wander the streets of Akihabara, then don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, and then wander the streets of Takeshita Street.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tokyo journey builder .

Houston, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Houston to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Houston in November: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 62°F and lows are around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then make a trip to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and finally take a stroll through Gion. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and then contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto sightseeing planning tool .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

1
night
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 (Mon): wander the streets of Dotonbori.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Osaka day trip website .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in November, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fujinomiya.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

2
nights
Fujinomiya

Fujinomiya ©
Sitting on the southwest slopes of Mount Fuji, Fujinomiya makes a popular starting point for climbing trips to the famous mountain's summit.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kunozan Toshogu Shrine and Gempeigawa River. Kinomiya Shrine and Mishima Taisha will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fujinomiya: Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach) (in Shizuoka) and Onsen Resorts (in Izu). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Fujinomiya City Hall 7th Floor Observatory Lobby, and take in the dramatic scenery at Shiraito Falls.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Fujinomiya trip itinerary planning website .

Explore your travel options from Osaka to Fujinomiya with the Route module. Traveling from Osaka in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 54°F in Fujinomiya. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujinomiya

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Shizuoka, Mishima, Onsen Resorts, Kinomiya Shrine
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Shiraito Falls ©
Shiraito Falls
Kinomiya Shrine ©
Kinomiya Shrine
Kunozan Toshogu Shrine ©
Kunozan Toshogu Shrine

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Odaiba and Kōtoku-in. Tokyo National Museum and Hase-dera Temple will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Catholic Yukinosita Church). Enjoy Tokyo some more: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and admire the landmark architecture of Imperial Palace.

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Explore your travel options from Fujinomiya to Tokyo with the Route module. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Fujinomiya in November since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 49°F. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Kamakura
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in

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