10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

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10 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
4
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
+3
train + foot + train + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Atlanta

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and then get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the magic at Tokyo DisneySea and then enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary builder website .

Atlanta, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 14 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Atlanta in December: highs in Tokyo hover around 54°F, while lows dip to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
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Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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 24th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, then head off the coast to Miyajima, and then pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip builder .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip maker app .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in December, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Heian Shrine ©
Heian 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 27th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then make a trip to Kanazawa Station, then make a trip to Omicho Market, and finally contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 37°F. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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