13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan visit planner

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
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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: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip site.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. In March, Tokyo is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Yokohama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 28:

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.
On the 29th (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Sankeien Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kōtoku-in. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Yokohama Museum of Art, then see the interesting displays at Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama, then admire the striking features of Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, and finally stroll around Yamashita Park.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Yokohama online vacation planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Yokohama in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. March in Yokohama sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 28 — 30:

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.
Go for a jaunt from Kyoto to Nara to see Todai-ji Temple about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, wander the streets of Gion, and hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto online trip maker.

You can fly from Yokohama to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 2:

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 3rd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, make a trip to Kuchu Teien Observatory, and then stroll around Nara Park. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Osaka online journey planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April in Osaka, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 2 — 4:

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 5th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, and finally appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip maker app.

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In April in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 6:

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.