9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Salt Lake City
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Salt Lake City

2
nights
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 11th (Wed): wander the streets of Odaiba, then get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Takeshita Street, explore the world behind art at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then shop like a local with Ginza, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tokyo route builder tool .

Salt Lake City, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 16 hours. In December, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Salt Lake City - with highs of 54°F and lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then head outdoors with Tobishima Kaido, then head off the coast to Miyajima, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Tobishima Kaido
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nara Park. Head to Dotonbori and Nishiki Market Shopping Districtfor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Todaiji Temple Cultural Center (in Nara) and Osaka Castle (in Osaka). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

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

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