11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan planner
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Fly
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train
2
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Train
3
Nagoya
— 1 night
Train
4
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train
5
Osaka
— 1 night
Drive
6
Kinokawa
— 1 night
Drive
7
Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Tokyo — 2 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 sightseeing, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Odaiba District, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and appreciate the history behind Hachiko.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip planning tool.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 17 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in September, Tokyo is a bit warmer at night with lows of 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Matsumoto.
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Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:

Matsumoto — 1 night

A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle, then visit Nakamachi Street, then admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Art Museum, and finally wander the streets of Nawate Shopping District.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Matsumoto day trip app.

Take a train from Tokyo to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, Matsumoto is a bit cooler than Tokyo - with highs of 75°F and lows of 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Nagoya.
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Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 13:

Nagoya — 1 night

Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, take a stroll through Sakae, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nagoya, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Matsumoto to Nagoya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Matsumoto in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nagoya, with lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.
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Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:

Hiroshima — 1 night

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 15th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hiroshima sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Hiroshima takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Osaka.
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Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:

Osaka — 1 night

Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): wander the streets of Dotombori District, then meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in September, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kinokawa.
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Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 16:

Kinokawa — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): look for gifts at Mekkemon Hiroba, don't miss a visit to Tama Museum Kishi Station, and then soak in some Japanese tradition at Sachinoyu.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Kinokawa trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Osaka to Kinokawa in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Kyoto.
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Baths · Spas · Shopping
Side Trip
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Kyoto — 3 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.
On the 18th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Kyoto National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally wander the streets of Gion. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kyoto online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kinokawa to Kyoto takes 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:

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.
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Nagano Prefecture travel guide

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Ski Areas · Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles
Nagano Prefecture is a landlocked prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region on the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Nagano. Due to the abundance of mountain ranges in this area, the land available for inhabitance is relatively limited.Nagano has impressive highland areas, including most of the Kita-Alps, Chūō-Alps, and Minami-Alps, which extend into the neighbouring prefectures. In addition to its natural scenic beauty and rich history, Nagano was host to the 1998 Winter Olympics, which gained the prefecture international recognition as a world-class winter sport destination, and a Shinkansen line to Tokyo.HistorySee Shinano Province.

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