11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo — 4 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 sightseeing, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, visit Odaiba District, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo day trip planning website.

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. April in Tokyo sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Kyoto.
Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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Kyoto — 3 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and wander the streets of Gion.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip planning site.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Himeji — 1 night

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.
On the 11th (Wed), make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and then contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle.

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You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.
Historic Sites · Parks
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Hiroshima — 1 night

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planning website.

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in April, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites
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Japan travel guide

Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.