11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
3
Okayama
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Naoshima-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Takamatsu
— 1 night
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Tokyo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, make a trip to Tokyo Tower, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and finally ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

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

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Tokyo. In November, daytime highs in Tokyo are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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nights
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.
Osaka is known for historic sites, theme parks, parks, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and make a trip to Abeno Harukas.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip tool .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Osaka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Okayama.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

1
night
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsu Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle, and then admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Okayama route planning app .

Take a train from Osaka to Okayama in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Okayama are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Naoshima-cho.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites Parks
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Kibitsu Shrine ©
Kibitsu Shrine
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Okayama Castle ©
Okayama Castle

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nights
Naoshima-cho

Naoshima-cho ©
On a vacation in Naoshima-cho, a charming island town in the Seto Inland Sea, you can discover its numerous contemporary art museums, sculptures, installations, and galleries.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Akakabocha.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Naoshima-cho trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Okayama to Naoshima-cho by car takes about 1.5 hours. In November in Naoshima-cho, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Naoshima-cho

Nature Parks Museums
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Naoshima ©
Naoshima
Benesse House Museum ©
Benesse House Museum
Art House Project ©
Art House Project

1
night
Takamatsu

Takamatsu
A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Kotohira-gu Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Marugame Castle, stroll around Tamamo Park, then contemplate the long history of Hiunkaku, and finally step into the grandiose world of Takamatsu Castle. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Yashima, then get engrossed in the history at Shikoku Mura Village, then go for a walk through Ritsurin Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Takamatsu Marugamemachi Shopping Street.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Takamatsu online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Naoshima-cho to Takamatsu takes 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Takamatsu are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Marugame Castle, Kotohira-gu Shrine
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Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Shikoku Mura Village ©
Shikoku Mura Village
Kotohira-gu Shrine ©
Kotohira-gu Shrine

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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 19th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): make a trip to Okonomimura, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Take a train from Takamatsu to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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