9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
2
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
3
Hatsukaichi
— 1 day
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights

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.
Tokyo National Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Do your shopping at Ginza and Asakusa. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, and take a stroll through Takeshita Street.

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Honolulu, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You'll lose 19 hours traveling from Honolulu to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Honolulu in March, with highs in Tokyo at 58°F and lows at 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

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

1
night
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): hit the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area and then look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Yamanouchi-machi trip builder.

You can drive from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tokyo in March, with highs in Yamanouchi-machi at 50°F and lows at 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

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

1
day
Hatsukaichi

Hatsukaichi
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and then head off the coast to Miyajima.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hatsukaichi planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Hatsukaichi takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Yamanouchi-machi, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Hatsukaichi, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
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Miyajima
Miyajima
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Gion. Visit Kinkaku-ji and Nijo Castle for their historical value. Step out of Kyoto to go to Dotombori and see Dotombori District, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto online road trip planner.

You can take a train from Hatsukaichi to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Dotombori District
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Gion
Gion
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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