13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan travel route planner

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Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 20th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Miyajima.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Hiroshima is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Hiroshima. In August, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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Himeji

— 1 night
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 22nd (Sun), contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji holiday planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Himeji are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Highlights from your trip

Kyoto

— 4 nights
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 find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, wander the streets of Gion, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and admire the masterpieces at Kyoto National Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kyoto attractions site.

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Himeji in August, you will find days in Kyoto are a bit warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trip

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Kanazawa

— 1 night
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): don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, then make a trip to Omicho Market, and finally take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Kanazawa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kyoto in August, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are little chillier, around 35°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Tokyo

— 4 nights
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, stop by Akihabara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
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Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.