13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  3​h
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
4
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  3​h 15​min
End: Tokyo

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.
You've added The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), Tokyo Skytree, Super Potato Akihabara, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tokyo route planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In October, daytime highs in Tokyo are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. You'll set off for Kyoto on the 18th (Fri).

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Parks Historic Sites
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Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji

4
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.
You've added Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, Gion, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Gio-ji Temple ©
Gio-ji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nanzen-ji Temple ©
Nanzen-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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Itsukushima Shrine, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Peace Flame. On the 22nd (Tue), examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and then pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima day trip website .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Flame ©
Peace Flame

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 Dotonbori as well as Osaka Castle. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle and then wander the streets of Dotonbori.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Osaka travel route planner .

Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In October in Osaka, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

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

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