13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Frankfurt
Fly:  16 h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
3
Himeji
— Few hours
Train:  1 h 15 min
4
Okayama
— Few hours
Train:  45 min
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
7
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  14 h
End: Frankfurt

4
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.
You've added Sony Building, Ginza Sony Park, The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), and other attractions to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo tour builder tool.

Frankfurt, Germany to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Frankfurt to Tokyo is 8 hours. Traveling from Frankfurt in March, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Spas Baths
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

2
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've added Kinkaku-ji, Yasaka Shrine, Daiunin Temple, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryozen Kannon, then make a trip to Daiunin Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Yasaka Shrine.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

few
hours
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.
Himeji Castle has been added to your itinerary. On the 26th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Himeji day trip site.

Getting from Kyoto to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Himeji are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. On the 26th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

few
hours
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
You've now added Okayama Castle to your itinerary. On the 26th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle and then get lost in a book at Okayama Prefectural Library.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Okayama vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Himeji to Okayama in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Himeji in March, expect little chillier with lows of 3°C in Okayama. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites
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Okayama Castle ©
Okayama Castle
Okayama Prefectural Library ©
Okayama Prefectural Library

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima tour itinerary maker app.

Getting from Okayama to Hiroshima by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 6°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Thu) before leaving for 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
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

2
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.
You've added Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, Tempozan Market Place, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shitennoji, and then admire the landmark architecture of Umeda Sky Building. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Tempozan Park, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then don't miss a visit to Tempozan Market Place, then wander the streets of Dotombori, and finally stop by Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary planning website.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sat) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Historic Sites Parks
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Dotombori ©
Dotombori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Shitennoji ©
Shitennoji

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo
To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Osaka to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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