13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Tokyo

— 4 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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. Have a day of magic on the 31st (Sat) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's much more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, and have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip maker tool.

Chicago, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Chicago to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in December, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 54°F and 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

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 1st (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, and finally stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo.

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Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Hiroshima takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:

Kyoto

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dotombori District (in Dotombori) and Osaka (Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, &more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Nijo Castle, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kyoto trip builder site.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 7:

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.