11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Shanghai
Fly + train:  5​h 30​min
1
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Hiroshima
— 1 night
4
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Shanghai

1
night
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Minami (Namba), Osaka Castle, Shitennoji Temple, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): make a trip to Shitennoji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, get a taste of the local shopping with Minami (Namba), shop like a local with Dotonbori, then get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Shin Umeda City.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Osaka driving holiday site .

Shanghai, China to Osaka is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also ride a ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Shanghai to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Shanghai in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Osaka, with lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shimabara Wachigaiya, Toji, Nijo Jinya, and other attractions you added. The adventure continues: get great views at Kiyomizu-dera, step into the grandiose world of Nijo-jo Castle, and make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip builder website .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. On the 13th (Tue), you're off toHiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Toji ©
Toji

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mount Misen, Daishoin Temple and Itsukushima Shrine. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, and finally step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Miyajima, don't miss a visit to Gojuno To, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daishoin Temple, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Misen.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. In March, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple

5
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, Tokyo Skytree, Imperial Palace, and other attractions you added. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chidorigafuchi and Yasukuni Shrine. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tokyo day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Hiroshima to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Tokyo are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. On the 19th (Mon), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Chidorigafuchi ©
Chidorigafuchi
Hama Rikyu Gardens ©
Hama Rikyu Gardens

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