13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Palmerston North
Drive + Fly:  19​h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
2
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  21​h
End: Palmerston North

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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary planner .

Palmerston North, New Zealand to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Palmerston North to Tokyo is minus 3 hours. While traveling from Palmerston North, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 12°C to lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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.
Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, and steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Hiroshima by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. February in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Higashiyama), Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (in Fushimi) and Nijo Castle (in Nakagyo). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, wander the streets of Dotonbori, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka online travel planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Theme Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Kyoto
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe

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