41 days in Japan & Chennai Itinerary

41 days in Japan & Chennai Itinerary

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41 days in Japan & Chennai Itinerary

Start: Bonn, Germany
+3
train + Fly + subway + train:  21​h 30​min
1
Hiroshima, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
2
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
5
Chennai, India
— 26 nights
Fly + train:  17​h 15​min
End: Bonn, Germany

4
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Take a break from the city and head to Setonaikai and Motoyasu River. Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Atomic Bomb Dome will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima attractions app .

Bonn, Germany to Hiroshima is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Bonn in September; daily highs in Hiroshima reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Parks Nature
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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

2
nights
Osaka, Japan

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan and then wander the streets of Minami (Namba).

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

3
nights
Kyoto, Japan

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.
Nijo Castle and Sanjusangendo Temple will appeal to history buffs. For shopping fun, head to Nishiki Market Shopping District or Fuuka-Kimono. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and take a stroll around Japaning Kyoto Information Center.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Kyoto road trip planning app .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

4
nights
Tokyo, Japan

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sensō-ji and Tokyo National Museum. Head to Ginza and Takeshita Streetfor some retail therapy. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Odaiba, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip planner .

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

26
nights
Chennai, India

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Escape the urban bustle at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology and Besant Nagar Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Pondy Bazaar and Pothys Hyper. Venture out of the city with trips to Covelong Beach (in Covelong), Mahabalipuram (Monuments at Mahabalipuram, Sea Shore Temple, & more) and Kanchipuram (Arulmigu Kandaswamy Temple, Vaikunda Perumal Temple, & more). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Marina Beach, see the interesting displays at DakshinaChitra Museum, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Anna Nagar Tower Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jain Temple.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Chennai travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Chennai takes 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Tokyo to Chennai. Traveling from Tokyo in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Chennai: highs are around 38°C and lows about 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram, Sri Vadaranyeswarar Temple, Vallakottai Murugan Temple, Nitya Kalyana Perumal Temple
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Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple

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