19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
2
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
3
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
4
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train + Fly:  13​h
End: Vancouver

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama) and The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and get in on the family fun at Tokyo Disneyland.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo road trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 17 hours. In October, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Vancouver - with highs of 26°C and lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Urayasu, The Hakone Open-Air Museum
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima road trip planning site .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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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

3
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.
Explore Himeji's surroundings by going to Asago (Awaga Shrine & Takeda Teramachi Street), Bizen (Irigyogyo Kyodo Kumiai Manaichi & Hattoji Furusatomura) and Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama). Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, don't miss a visit to Tarumino Ozakura, walk around Nishiharima Observatory Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Himeji day trip planner.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Asago, Bizen, Mt. Takamikura, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Tarumino Ozakura
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and wander the streets of Gion.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planning tool .

Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

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