12 days in Japan & Manila Itinerary

12 days in Japan & Manila Itinerary

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12 days in Japan & Manila Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City, Kuwait
+2
Fly + subway + train:  16​h
1
Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
train:  1​h
2
Himeji, Japan
— 1 night
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
5
Manila, Philippines
— 1 day
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Kuwait City, Kuwait

1
night
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 24th (Sun), get to know the fascinating history of Miyajima and then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, then pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima journey planning app .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Hiroshima is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Kuwait City in November, expect Hiroshima to be a bit cooler, temps between 20°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

1
night
Himeji, Japan

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.
On the 26th (Tue), make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and finally make a trip to Otemae Street.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji online journey builder .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

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

4
nights
Kyoto, Japan

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gion and Nijo Castle. Get some historical perspective at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Nara Park, & more) and Osaka (Dotonbori & Osaka Castle). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto vacation builder website .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trips

Nara, Osaka
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

3
nights
Tokyo, Japan

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.
Popular historic sites such as Tokyo National Museum and Sensō-ji are in your itinerary. Let the collections at Ghibli Museum Mitaka and Suntory Museum of Art capture your imagination. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Odaiba, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and shop like a local with Ginza.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tokyo tour itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Tokyo are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Manila.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

1
day
Manila, Philippines

Manila ©
The capital of the Philippines and the "Pearl of the Orient," Manila truly resembles a gem: rough on the outside, but glittering within.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): stroll around Fort Santiago, wander the streets of Intramuros, then explore the world behind art at San Agustin Church, and finally examine the collection at National Museum.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Manila using our trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Manila by flight takes about 7.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Tokyo to Manila is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Tokyo in December: high temperatures in Manila hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Manila

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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San Agustin Church ©
San Agustin Church
Intramuros ©
Intramuros
Fort Santiago ©
Fort Santiago

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