12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Jakarta
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Takayama
— 3 nights
3
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
5
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Jakarta

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Harajuku Takeshita-dori, Hachiko, Ginza, and other attractions you added. Kids will enjoy Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo vacation planner.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Tokyo is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from West Indonesia Time (WIB) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Jakarta in September: highs in Tokyo hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Akihabara ©
Akihabara

3
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, then identify plant and animal life at Norikura Kogen, and then admire the striking features of Takayama City Office. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Traditional Houses in the Gassho Style, then enjoy breathtaking views from Shirakawago Shiroyama Observatory Deck, and then take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Takayama online itinerary creator.

You can drive from Tokyo to Takayama in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Tokyo in September since evenings lows in Takayama dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Winter Sports Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Norikura Kogen
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Norikura Kogen ©
Norikura Kogen
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

1
night
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 26th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip builder.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Takayama in September, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Gion
Gion

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle and then meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Osaka vacation trip planner.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In September in Osaka, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
On the 30th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Central Railway Station and then take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel planner.

Fly from Osaka to Tokyo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites
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Tokyo Central Railway Station ©
Tokyo Central Railway Station
Tokyo Skytree ©
Tokyo Skytree

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