11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Train:  15 h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: San Francisco

3
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.
Kids will enjoy Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Edo-Tokyo Museum. And it doesn't end there: make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, wander the streets of Akihabara, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary planning site .

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 17 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Francisco in March: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 58°F and lows are around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and take a stroll through Gion.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto journey maker website .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima travel route planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. April in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can 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

3
nights
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.
On the 5th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, then wander the streets of Dotonbori, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Osaka vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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