13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  19​h
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Perth

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.
Have a day of magic on the 28th (Fri) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Tsukiji Market, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ueno Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

Perth, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Perth to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Perth, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally contemplate the long history of Nomura Samurai House.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa vacation trip planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Kanazawa, with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Castle). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and don't miss a visit to Gion.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kyoto tour planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In April, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, then don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine and then get to know the fascinating history of Miyajima.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima vacation trip planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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