12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Miami
Fly + train:  26​h 30​min
1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
2
Hiroshima
— 1 day
3
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  1​h
4
Himeji
— Few hours
train:  1​h
5
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  3​h 45​min
6
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
bus + train:  1​h 30​min
7
Yokohama
— Few hours
train:  1​h
8
Tokyo
— 3 nights
9
Nagano
— 1 day
10
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Miami

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.
You've added Tenryuji Temple, Nijo Castle, Ryoanji Temple, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, wander the streets of Gion, then contemplate the long history of Yasaka Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Hanamikoji Street. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, don't miss a visit to Bamboo Forest Street, take in the views from Togetsukyo Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenryuji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Kyoto travel route builder site .

Miami, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 23-hour combination of tram, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of tram, flight, and bus. Traveling from Miami to Kyoto, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. In November, Kyoto is cooler than Miami - with highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, Miyajima and Shukkei-en Garden. On the 20th (Tue), head off the coast to Miyajima, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip builder app .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. November in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Miyajima
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Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Hiroshima Castle ©
Hiroshima Castle

1
night
Kyoto

Kyoto
To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto day trip planning tool .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. On the 21st (Wed), you'll travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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few
hours
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
You've now added Himeji Castle to your itinerary.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji trip planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In November in Himeji, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for the train ride to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden

1
night
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
You've now added Initia Japanese Cooking Class to your itinerary.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kyoto planner .

Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Classes
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Initia Japanese Cooking Class ©
Initia Japanese Cooking Class

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, then contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi attractions planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hakone-machi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in November: highs in Hakone-machi hover around 52°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Yokohama.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Historic Sites
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The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley
Hakone Ropeway ©
Hakone Ropeway

few
hours
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cupnoodles Museum Yokohama.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Yokohama tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Yokohama in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Yokohama, ranging from highs of 61°F to lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yokohama

Museums
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Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama ©
Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama

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.
You've added Omoide Yokocho, Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, Meijijingu Gaien, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tokyo online trip maker .

Tokyo is very close to Yokohama. In November, daytime highs in Tokyo are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

1
day
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Zenko-ji Temple as well as Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nagano, use our trip itinerary maker.

Take a train from Tokyo to Nagano in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, Nagano is a bit cooler than Tokyo - with highs of 54°F and lows of 42°F. On the 27th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Nagano

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Zenko-ji Temple ©
Zenko-ji Temple

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner .

Traveling by train from Nagano to Tokyo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagano in November, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 62°F and 49°F. You will leave for home on the 27th (Tue).

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks
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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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