14 days in Helsinki & Japan Itinerary

14 days in Helsinki & Japan Itinerary

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14 days in Helsinki & Japan Itinerary

Start: Reykjavik, Iceland
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Helsinki, Finland
— Few hours
Fly:  9​h 30​min
2
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  5​h
3
Hiroshima, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
5
Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
6
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Reykjavik, Iceland

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Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip builder.

Reykjavik, Iceland to Helsinki is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Reykjavik to Helsinki, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in April, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Tours Parks
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nights
Tokyo, Japan

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ueno, Cat Cafe Calico Shinjuku, Ueno Park, and other attractions you added. On the 8th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ueno Park, take a stroll through Ueno, get curious at National Museum of Nature and Science, then explore the world behind art at National Museum of Western Art, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Cat Cafe Calico Shinjuku. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin), take in nature's colorful creations at Ninomaru Garden, then wander the streets of Harajuku Takeshita-dori, and finally don't miss a visit to Shibuya Pedestrian Scramble.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo travel planner.

Explore your travel options from Helsinki to Tokyo with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Helsinki to Tokyo is 7 hours. Traveling from Helsinki in April, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (20°C), and nights are much hotter (15°C). You'll set off for Hiroshima on the 10th (Mon).

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
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Ueno Park ©
Ueno Park
Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street

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nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes JR Miyajima Ferry. Get some cultural insight at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Museum-lovers will appreciate Hiroshima Museum of Art and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Explore Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Miyajima Aquarium, Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street, & more) and Yamato Museum (in Kure). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, look for gifts at Yamatoya Ebisucho Honten, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sendahyo Park, and get in on the family fun at Oshiba Park Transportation Land.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for little chillier nights in Hiroshima, with lows around 12°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Yamato Museum
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

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nights
Kyoto, Japan

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bamboo Forest Street as well as Monkey Park Iwatayama. Museum-lovers will appreciate Kyoto International Manga Museum and Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan. Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu-dera are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari Taisha, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, buy something for everyone on your list at Kyoto Station Building, and find something for the whole family at Toei Kyoto Studio Park (Toei Uzumasa Eigamura).

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip builder.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
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.
For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip planner.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In April in Osaka, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Tsutenkaku ©
Tsutenkaku

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Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Imperial Palace, wander the streets of Ginza, then ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, and finally don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa, and then explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Imperial Palace ©
Imperial Palace

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