11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan journey planner

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Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Train to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
Train
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly

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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, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Chion-in Temple Sammon, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary maker website.

Memphis, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from Memphis to Kyoto, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Memphis, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): walk around Shukugawa Park and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then walk around Kemasakuranomiya Park, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally wander the streets of Dotombori District.

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Drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Osaka sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

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 10th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima online trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In April in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Kanazawa

— 1 night
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 11th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and finally make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa road trip planning tool.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hiroshima in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kanazawa, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower. On your second day here, stroll around Ueno Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and then wander the streets of Akihabara.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Tokyo day trip planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Kanazawa in April, with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Japan travel guide

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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.