11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly + train:  15​h
1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
3
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Portland

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.
Get some cultural insight at Kinkaku-ji and Nijo Castle. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tenryuji Temple and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Hikone Castle (in Hikone) and Mimurotoji Temple (in Uji). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninna-ji Temple, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, and admire the natural beauty at Nanzen-ji Temple.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kyoto tour planning app .

Portland, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from Portland to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Portland in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Kyoto, with lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Mimurotoji Temple, Hikone Castle
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Kodai-ji Temple ©
Kodai-ji Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hiroshima attractions tool .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum
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JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Asakusa Shrine and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). Kids will appreciate attractions like KidZania Tokyo and Koura Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), & more) and Moriya Beach (in Katsuura). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, get your game on at Samurai Armor Photo Studio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hie Jinjya, and see the interesting displays at Fire Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo vacation maker .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Kamakura, Koura Beach, Moriya Beach
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
KidZania Tokyo ©
KidZania Tokyo
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

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