6 days in Japan Itinerary

6 days in Japan Itinerary

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6 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 1 day
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
train:  5​h
3
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  2​h
4
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  30​min
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
End: Tokyo

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day
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.
On the 30th (Mon), take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and finally admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning website .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In March, daytime highs in Tokyo are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

1
night
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 31st (Tue), admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Hakone-machi route builder tool .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Nature Parks Museums
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Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 1st (Wed), steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima road trip app .

You can take a train from Hakone-machi to Hiroshima in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in March: highs in Hiroshima hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
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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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take a stroll through Dotonbori.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Osaka online attractions planner .

Getting from Hiroshima to Osaka by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. April in Osaka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

2
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.
On the 3rd (Fri), steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, then make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally take a stroll through Gion.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary builder app .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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