20 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Hiroshima Itinerary

20 days in Tokyo, Kyoto & Hiroshima Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 7 nights
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Kyoto
— 7 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Tokyo

— 7 nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) and Kashima Jingu. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Engaku-ji Temple and Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple). Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Naritasan Omote Sando (in Narita), Sankeien Gardens (in Yokohama) and Katori (Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori & Katori Jingu Shrine). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, and take a stroll through Ueno District.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Edinburgh, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Edinburgh to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Edinburgh in June: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 20 — 27:

Kyoto

— 7 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tofuku-ji Temple and Gio-ji Temple. Take a break from the city and head to Mt. Kurama and Kamogawa River. Venture out of the city with trips to Uji (Saisho-in, Byodoin, &more). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, awaken your taste buds at Kyoto Insider Sake Experience, and contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 27 — Jul 4:

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get some historical perspective at Daishoin Temple and Senjokaku. Take a break from the city and head to Outdoor Trips and Motoyasu River. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Reikado, Itsukushima Shrine, &more) and Former Naval Academy (in Etajima). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, explore the wide array of goods at Fukuya, Hatchobori Honten, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and take a stroll through Kamiyacho.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima sightseeing site.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

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