13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  15​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Auckland

3
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.
Kids will enjoy Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: discover the magic at Tokyo Disneyland, make a trip to Imperial Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary builder website .

Auckland, New Zealand to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Auckland to Tokyo. Traveling from Auckland in May, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, then stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa road trip planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in May, plan for little chillier nights in Kanazawa, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

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

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.
Bring the kids along to Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Daimaru Museum Umeda in Osaka--about 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, take a stroll through Gion, and don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kyoto trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

3
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 25th (Mon): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mashike Itsukushima Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, then head off the coast to Miyajima, and finally kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planner .

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. May in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Mashikeitsukushima Shrine
Find places to stay May 24 — 27:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Mikasahama Beach ©
Mikasahama Beach
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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