13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  4​h 15​min
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
3
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Edmonton

1
night
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.
On the 17th (Fri), admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and finally get your game on at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planning site .

Edmonton, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Edmonton to Tokyo is 16 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Edmonton in April: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Fun & Games
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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 18th (Sat): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): make a trip to Okonomimura, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind 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 more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima holiday builder site .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In April in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

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

2
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, make a trip to Otemae Street, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally make a trip to Shoshazan Ropeway. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Himeji Castle Daitenshu no Shachigawara (Replica), then stroll through Mt Shosha hiking, then take in nature's colorful creations at Sunken Garden, Castle Garden, and finally make a trip to Viewing Deck, Himeji Station Square.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Himeji trip tool .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

3
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: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senko-ji Temple, and take a stroll through Dotonbori.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip maker website .

You can take a train from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daytime highs in Osaka are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Osaka

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

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kanazawa is known for historic sites, parks, museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip itinerary planning tool .

Take a train from Osaka to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Osaka in April: high temperatures in Kanazawa hover around 20°C and lows are around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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