22 days in Tokyo, Hiroshima & Kyoto Itinerary

22 days in Tokyo, Hiroshima & Kyoto Itinerary

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22 days in Tokyo, Hiroshima & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
train + Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
2
Hiroshima
— 7 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 8 nights
+3
train + Fly + bus + train:  18​h 30​min
End: Cardiff

5
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Railway Museum and Fire Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kencho-ji Temple and Hase-dera Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Kamakura (Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) & Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine), Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple (in Narita) and Hikawa Shrine (in Omiya). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zojoji Temple, admire the masterpieces at Nezu Museum, make a trip to Nezu Shrine, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip maker website .

Cardiff, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 18-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Cardiff to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cardiff in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 22°C and lows about 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Transportation

Side Trips

Kamakura, Saitama, Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple ©
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple

7
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like JMSDF Kure Museum and Itsukushima Shrine Torii. Get some cultural insight at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Taikodani Inari Shrine. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Senjokaku, & more), Kure (Yamato Gallery Zero & Yamato Museum) and Kintaikyo Bridge (in Iwakuni). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, take in the spiritual surroundings of Oyamazumi Shrine, and contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Onomichi, Kintaikyo Bridge, Oyamazumi Shrine
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JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

8
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.
Get some cultural insight at Kyoto Gyoen National Garden and Horyu-ji Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Toshodaiji Temple and Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki). Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Kushiyama Ancient Tomb (in Tenri), Nara (Nara National Museum, Kasuga Grand Shrine, & more) and Omiwa Shrine (in Sakurai). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Ninna-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Daigo-ji Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto road trip app .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Nara, Otsu, Byodoin, Horyu-ji Temple, Omiwa Shrine
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Tenryuji Temple ©
Tenryuji Temple
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple

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