13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Vancouver
Fly + Train:  13 h 30 min
1
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Uji
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Kobe
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Osaka
— 4 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Vancouver

2
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Nagoya Castle, admire the landmark architecture of Seinan Sumiyagura, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nunoike Catholic Cathedral, thenstroll around Higashiyama Park, and finally admire the natural beauty at Jozanen.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Nagoya trip planning app.

Vancouver, Canada to Nagoya is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Nagoya is 17 hours. Traveling from Vancouver in April, Nagoya is a bit warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Uji.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Jozanen
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Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Yamazaki River ©
Yamazaki River

1
night
Uji

Uji ©
Lying between Kyoto and Nara, the small city of Uji stands as a place of culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kōshō-ji, get a taste of the local shopping with Asahiyaki, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mimurotoji Temple, contemplate the long history of Byodoin, thenexplore the world behind art at Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan, and finally appreciate the history behind Shorin-in Mimizuku Jizoson.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Uji holiday planning website.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Uji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nagoya in April: highs in Uji hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Uji

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Byodoin ©
Byodoin
Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan ©
Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan
Kōshō-ji ©
Kōshō-ji

2
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): examine the collection at Kiku-Masamune Shuzo Kinenkan, see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, steep yourself in history at Ishoan, thenstroll around Shukugawa Park, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Rokko Alpine Garden, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic Kobe Chuo Church. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), don't miss a visit to Nunohiki River Valley, thensee the interesting displays at Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, and finally examine the collection at Kobe Fashion Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kobe tour planner.

Getting from Uji to Kobe by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April in Kobe, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Shukugawa Park
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Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
Shukugawa Park ©
Shukugawa Park

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, thenget engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, and then pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online holiday planner.

Getting from Kobe to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine
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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

4
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.
Osaka is known for historic sites, theme parks, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and admire the striking features of Kuchu Teien Observatory.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip 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 in Osaka, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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