11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 1 night
Drive
2
Kamakura
— 1 night
Drive
3
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Drive
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Nara
— 1 night
Drive
6
Osaka
— 1 night
Train
7
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train to Hakata, Fly to Miyako Jima
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Miyakojima
— 1 night
Fly

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Tokyo

— 1 night
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.
On the 29th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then stroll around Ueno Park, then get engrossed in the history at Tokyo National Museum, and finally admire the striking features of Tokyo Central Railway Station.

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Manchester, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Manchester to Tokyo, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In March, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Manchester - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Kamakura

— 1 night

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Nagoe Excavation, contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kōtoku-in.

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Drive from Tokyo to Kamakura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in March: highs in Kamakura hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hakone-machi

— 1 night
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum.

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Traveling by car from Kamakura to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Nature · Parks

Kyoto

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jozumi Temple.

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You can drive from Hakone-machi to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or fly. While traveling from Hakone-machi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites

Nara

— 1 night

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple 5 Stories Pagoda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally walk around Nara Park.

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You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kyoto in April since evenings lows in Nara dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Osaka

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, then see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and finally wander the streets of Dotombori District.

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Traveling by car from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nara in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Osaka, with lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Neighborhoods

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.
On the 6th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

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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, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Miyakojima

— 1 night
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 7th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Yonaha Maehama Beach.

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Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Miyakojima takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Hiroshima in April, expect Miyakojima to be somewhat warmer, temps between 29°C and 23°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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.