12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  8 h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
2
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
3
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  8 h 30 min
End: Manila, Luzon

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ghibli Museum Mitaka as well as Shibuya Crossing. For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Chiyoda Nyan To Naru Cafe. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Maihama to see Tokyo DisneySea about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and shop like a local with Asakusa.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

Manila, Philippines to Tokyo is an approximately 8- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manila to Tokyo. Traveling from Manila in May, things will get a bit cooler in Tokyo: highs are around 28°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Tokyo DisneySea, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Ginza ©
Ginza

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Universal Studios Japan, Tower Knives Osaka, Arashiyama, and other attractions you added. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dotonbori and Osaka Castle.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka day trip planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Osaka are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. On the 1st (Mon), you're off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kyoto, Nara Park
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tokyo Tower, Takayama Inari Shrine and Gotemba Premium Outlets. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): revel in the low prices at Gotemba Premium Outlets. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, then view the masterpieces at Gallery Marusan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takayama Inari Shrine, and finally admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Tokyo day trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. On the 3rd (Wed), you're off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gotemba Premium Outlets
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Gallery Marusan ©
Gallery Marusan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Gotemba Premium Outlets ©
Gotemba Premium Outlets

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.
Do your shopping at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Funahashiya. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, admire the striking features of Jishu Shrine, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. You'll set off for home on the 6th (Sat).

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Jishu Shrine
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple

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