13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Yokohama
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to London

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Tokyo

— 2 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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

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London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours. In January, daytime highs in Tokyo are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:

Yokohama

— 2 nights
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Sankeien Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Yokohama Museum of Art, examine the collection at Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama, then admire the landmark architecture of Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, and finally stroll around Yamashita Park.

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You can drive from Tokyo to Yokohama in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

Kyoto

— 2 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.
Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Todai-ji Temple in Nara--about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Kyoto Imperial Palace, shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

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Traveling by flight from Yokohama to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Kyoto are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:

Osaka

— 2 nights
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 11th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, and then walk around Nara Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): wander the streets of Dotombori District, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

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You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Osaka sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:

Hiroshima

— 2 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.
On the 13th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, and finally appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

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Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. January in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 2°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.