12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Hilo, Island of Hawaii
Fly + train:  14​h
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Amagasaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Hilo, Island of Hawaii

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and finally pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima travel itinerary planner .

Hilo, USA to Hiroshima is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 19 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

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.
Step out of Kyoto to go to Nara and see Todai-ji Temple, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo-jo Castle.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto itinerary planner .

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. In June in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Amagasaki.

Things to do in Kyoto

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo-jo Castle ©
Nijo-jo Castle

2
nights
Amagasaki

Amagasaki ©
Amagasaki is an industrial city located in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Tempozan Ferris Wheel and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, wander the streets of Dotonbori, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Amagasaki trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Amagasaki in 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Amagasaki are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Amagasaki

#Theme Parks, #Historic Sites, #Zoos & Aquariums

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Osaka
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and National Museum of Nature and Science. Have a day of magic on the 13th (Thu) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo tour itinerary builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Amagasaki to Tokyo. In June, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

#Theme Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites

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Tokyo Disneyland
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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