49 days in Japan & Chennai Itinerary

49 days in Japan & Chennai Itinerary

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49 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:  3​h
4
Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
5
Hiroshima, Japan
— 18 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  13​h 30​min
6
Chennai, India
— 15 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 Miyajima and Mikasahama Beach. Get some cultural insight at Itsukushima Shrine and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Step out of Hiroshima to go to Hatsukaichi and see Itsukushima Shrine Torii, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima route builder website .

Bonn, Germany to Hiroshima is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Bonn to Hiroshima, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Bonn in September; daily highs in Hiroshima reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can 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
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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.
On the 28th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and then take a stroll through Dotonbori. On the next day, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan and then shop like a local with Minami (Namba).

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Osaka online trip planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September in Osaka, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to 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.
Do your shopping at Nishiki Market Shopping District and Fuuka-Kimono. Gion and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, walk around Yodoryokuchi Park, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and get your bearings at Japaning Kyoto Information Center.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip tool .

Kyoto is very close to Osaka. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to 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.
Visit Sensō-ji and Tokyo National Museum for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Odaiba and Takeshita Street. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Ginza, look for gifts at Kimono Me, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

18
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Get some historical perspective at Matsuyama Castle and Ishiteji. Shop till you drop at Emifull Masaki and Aeon Mall Hiroshima Fuchu. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Matsuyama (Dogo Onsengai, Bocchan Wind up Clock, & more), Hatsukaichi (Senjokaku, Daishoin Temple, & more) and Miyajima (Mt. Misen & Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street). Enjoy Hiroshima some more: kick back and relax at Mochiishi Seacoast, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, head outdoors with Tobishima Kaido, and head off the coast to Okunoshima Island.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary planning app .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Matsuyama, Imabari, Onomichi, Takehara
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Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Ishiteji ©
Ishiteji
Mt. Misen ©
Mt. Misen

15
nights
Chennai, India

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Get in touch with nature at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology and Besant Nagar Beach. Do your shopping at Pondy Bazaar and Pothys Hyper. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chennai: DakshinaChitra Museum (in Muttukadu), Covelong Beach (in Covelong) and Mahabalipuram (Sea Shore Temple, Monuments at Mahabalipuram, & more). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Marina Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Krishnapuram Anchaneyar Temple, identify plant and animal life at Chennai Turtle Walk, and take a stroll through Fort St. George.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Chennai online vacation planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Chennai in 13.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Hiroshima to Chennai. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Hiroshima in October, with highs in Chennai at 38°C and lows at 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, Krishnapuram Anchaneyar Temple, DakshinaChitra Museum
Find places to stay Oct 25 — Nov 9:
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Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Monuments at Mahabalipuram ©
Monuments at Mahabalipuram
Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple

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