8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Hiroshima
— 1 night
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
3
Tokyo
— 2 nights

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 23rd (Sun), head off the coast to Miyajima. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online tour planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Hiroshima is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Hiroshima is 7 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in December; daily highs in Hiroshima reach 13°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Miyajima
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Miyajima
Miyajima

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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 25th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, take in the pleasant sights at Gion, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto visit planning app.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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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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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, then explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, then wander the streets of Ginza, and finally don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, then wander the streets of Takeshita Street, and then admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Ginza ©
Ginza

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