12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  14​h
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Mumbai

5
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.
Have a day of magic on the 27th (Sat) at Tokyo Disneyland. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, make a trip to Meiji Jingu, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo vacation builder.

Mumbai (Bombay), India to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Mumbai (Bombay) to Tokyo is 3 hours. When traveling from Mumbai (Bombay) in May, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally contemplate the long history of Nomura Samurai House.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip builder.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kanazawa, with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
Take a break from Kyoto with a short trip to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera, take a stroll through Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and get your bearings at Fushimi Inari Taisha.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto vacation planner.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then admire the natural beauty at Kokoen Garden, and then contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Himeji trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Himeji, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, then pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima travel planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 24°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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