13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
4
Himeji
— 1 night
5
Hiroshima
— 1 night
6
Osaka
— 2 nights

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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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary tool.

Austin, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 15 hours. Traveling from Austin in May, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit cooler (76°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

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Architectural Building
Tokyo Tower
4.2

1
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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, then steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and finally make a trip to Omicho Market.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa online travel planner.

Take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 55°F in Kanazawa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods
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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: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip builder app.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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World heritage site
Nijo Castle
4.3

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, make a trip to Himeji Castle, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip site.

Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kyoto in May: highs in Himeji hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Garden
Koko-en
4.4
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World heritage site
Himeji Castle
4.5

1
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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 19th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima vacation builder app.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

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World heritage site
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
4.7
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Historic Site
Atomic Bomb Dome
4.7

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally take a stroll through Dotombori District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Osaka online trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, daytime highs in Osaka are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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Castle
Osaka Castle
4.0
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Neighborhood
Dotombori District
4.0

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