12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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12 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  16​h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Columbus

4
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 National Film Archive of Japan, On The Rocks Bar Crawl and Tokyo Localized Free Walking Tour. Get some cultural insight at Oya Stone Museum and Kashima Jingū Shrine. Shop till you drop at Ginza Itoya Hontren and Takeshita Street. There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Sengaku-ji Temple and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hie Jinjya.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo online tour itinerary builder .

Columbus, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Columbus to Tokyo, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Columbus in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 69°F in Tokyo. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Nightlife Tours Shopping

Side Trips

Kashima Jingū Shrine, Oya Stone Museum
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Tokyo Localized Free Walking Tour ©
Tokyo Localized Free Walking Tour
Kashima Jingū Shrine ©
Kashima Jingū Shrine
Oya Stone Museum ©
Oya Stone Museum

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Night Club Butterfly Kyoto, Pontocho, Nishiki Market Shopping District, and other attractions. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tofuku-ji Temple and Dotonbori.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 68°F. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Nightlife Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Dotonbori
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Burlesque Tokyo, H2 International Bar and Yayoi Kusama Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Yanaka and Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu). Sensō-ji and Nezu Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Hakone-machi (Lalique Museum Hakone & Hakone Museum of Art). Explore Tokyo further: explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, shop like a local with Kitchen Town (Kappabashi), and get to know the fascinating history of Kokyo Gaien National Garden.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo road trip planning site .

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Nightlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Mitsumine Shrine (Chichibu)
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Yayoi Kusama Museum ©
Yayoi Kusama Museum
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

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