13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
2
Himeji
— 1 night
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
4
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
5
Tokyo
— 4 nights

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): contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, thenstep into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, thenmake a trip to Miyajima, and then appreciate the history behind Peace Flame.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip app.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Hiroshima is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Jakarta to Hiroshima, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Jakarta in October; daily highs in Hiroshima reach °C and lows reach °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
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple

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): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, see the interesting displays at Japan Toy Museum, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, and finally steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Himeji itinerary builder app.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Mt. Takamikura
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nanzen-ji Temple and Tenryuji Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka (about 1h 15 min away). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary builder tool.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nanzen-ji Temple ©
Nanzen-ji 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Maruoka Castle, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Natadera Temple, thencontemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town, make a trip to Omicho Market, thenmake a trip to Zuiryuji Temple, and finally stop by Gokayama.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Gokayama, Maruoka Castle, Natadera Temple, Zuiryuji Temple
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Mitsumine Shrine (in Chichibu), Mt. Takao (in Hachioji) and Kinchakuda Manjushage Park (in Hidaka). The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and take a stroll through Ueno District.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip builder.

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around °C in October, and nighttime lows around °C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, Mitsumine Shrine, Mt. Takao, Kinchakuda Manjushage Park
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Kinchakuda Manjushage Park ©
Kinchakuda Manjushage Park
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal ©
Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal

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