12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
+2
Fly + subway + train:  9​h
1
Hiroshima
— 1 day
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Nara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Konohana
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Gujo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Kanazawa
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Tokyo
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + train + bus:  7​h 45​min
8
Motobu-cho
— 2 nights
+2
bus + train + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Bangkok


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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 23rd (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, then explore the activities along Motoyasu River, then appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, and finally don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima holiday site .

Bangkok, Thailand to Hiroshima is an approximately 9-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 2 hours. Traveling from Bangkok in December, things will get colder in Hiroshima: highs are around 13°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Motoyasu River ©
Motoyasu River
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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 23rd (Sun), contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then get in on the family fun at Toei Kyoto Studio Park, then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Gion.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto holiday planning site .

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Toei Kyoto Studio Park ©
Toei Kyoto Studio Park
Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple and then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nara route planning website .

Nara is just a short distance from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Konohana.

Things to do in Nara

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

1
night
Konohana

Konohana ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aguchi Shrine and then take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Konohana vacation maker site .

Drive from Nara to Konohana in an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Gujo.

Things to do in Konohana

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Osaka, Aguchi Shrine
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kuchu Teien Observatory ©
Kuchu Teien Observatory
Kuromon Market ©
Kuromon Market

1
night
Gujo

Gujo ©
Step back into a traditional way of life with a visit to Gujo, a little Japanese city rich in culture.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): hit the slopes at Takasu Snow Park, make a trip to Igawa Komichi, and then examine the collection at Omodakaya Mingeikan.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Gujo online tour planner .

Getting from Konohana to Gujo by car takes about 3.5 hours. When traveling from Konohana in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Gujo: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Gujo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Takasu Snow Park ©
Takasu Snow Park

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Gujo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

2
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 now added STREET KART Akihabara MariCAR No. 2 to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and finally grab your flashlight and head to STREET KART Akihabara MariCAR No. 2.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo travel itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Tokyo are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Tours Nightlife Outdoors
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Highlights from your plan
STREET KART Akihabara No. 2 ©
STREET KART Akihabara No. 2
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

2
nights
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): stroll through Emerald Beach, meet the residents at Okichan Theater, get in on the family fun at Nago Pineapple Park, then stroll through Busena Marine Park, and finally make a trip to Hajiusui Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Kouri Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Kouri-jima Island, then kick back and relax at Kouri Beach, and finally make a trip to Bise no Fukugi Tree Road.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Motobu-cho road trip planning app .

Getting from Tokyo to Motobu-cho by combination of flight and ferry takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tokyo in December: high temperatures in Motobu-cho hover around 24°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trips

Nakijin-son, Nago
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Emerald Beach ©
Emerald Beach
Nago Pineapple Park ©
Nago Pineapple Park

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