13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Jakarta
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
2
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Jakarta

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 22nd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then contemplate the long history of Peace Flame.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima travel itinerary planner.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Hiroshima is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone changes from West Indonesia Time (WIB) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Jakarta in October: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 26°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell

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 24th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, see the interesting displays at Japan Toy Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, and finally contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Himeji trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Mt. Takamikura, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 24:
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Japan Toy Museum ©
Japan Toy 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eikando Zenrinji Temple and Tofuku-ji Temple. Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Konohana to see Universal Studios Japan about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenryuji Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto holiday builder site .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

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

2
nights
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 28th (Wed): make a trip to Maruoka Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Natadera Temple, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and finally stroll around Kenrokuen Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, then don't miss a visit to Zuiryuji Temple, and finally take a stroll through Gokayama.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa road trip website .

Take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Maruoka Castle, Zuiryuji Temple, Natadera Temple, Gokayama
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Maruoka Castle ©
Maruoka Castle
Zuiryuji Temple ©
Zuiryuji Temple
Gokayama ©
Gokayama

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mitsumine Shrine and Ueno. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal (in Naka), Mt. Takao (in Hachioji) and Kinchakuda Manjushage Park (in Hidaka). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Tokyo are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, Kinchakuda Manjushage Park, Mt. Takao, Mitsumine Shrine
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 2:
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Kinchakuda Manjushage Park ©
Kinchakuda Manjushage Park
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal ©
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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