8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
train + taxi:  2​h 30​min
2
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
taxi + train:  5​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Hatsukaichi
— 1 night
train:  15​min
5
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  4​h
End: Tokyo

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and finally explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple and then take a stroll through Odaiba.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planning website .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Tokyo. In December, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

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

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Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
On the 4th (Wed), get outside with Ichinose Diamond Ski Resort, look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, hit the slopes at Shiga Kogen, then get outside with Shigakogen Plateau, and finally get outside with Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Yamanouchi-machi trip maker tool .

Do a combination of train and taxi from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Tokyo in December, things will get slightly colder in Yamanouchi-machi: highs are around 7°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Shiga Kogen ©
Shiga Kogen
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area ©
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nara Park and Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course. Get a sense of the local culture at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kinkaku-ji. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Kyoto takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in December, things will get a bit warmer in Kyoto: highs are around 13°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Nara Park
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi ©
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
On the 8th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, head off the coast to Miyajima, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Misen.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hatsukaichi tour planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Hatsukaichi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hatsukaichi can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Mt. Misen ©
Mt. Misen

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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 9th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planner .

Hiroshima is very close to Hatsukaichi. In December, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to take a train back home.

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

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