11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Atlanta

3
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 24th (Tue) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Tokyo planning tool .

Atlanta, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Tokyo is 14 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Atlanta in December: highs in Tokyo hover around 54°F, while lows dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Omicho Market, steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa day trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 49°F by day to 37°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

2
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto vacation builder site .

Take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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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.
On your second day here, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima holiday builder site .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Itsukushima Shrine
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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