11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Doha
Fly:  13​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
2
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Doha

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tokyo National Museum and Ginza. You'll explore and learn at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Art Jeunesse Akihabara. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi (in Hayama-machi), Ghibli Museum Mitaka (in Mitaka) and Yokohama Nature Sanctuary (in Sakae). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, get a taste of the local shopping with Takeshita Street, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo journey app .

Doha, Qatar to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Doha to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Doha in November, expect nights in Tokyo to be slightly colder, around 11°C, while days are cooler, around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Yokohama Nature Sanctuary
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

4
nights
Osaka

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.
Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple for their historical value. For shopping fun, head to Dotonbori or Gallery of Kyoto Traditional Arts & Crafts. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Sanjusangendo Temple (in Higashiyama), Kyoto (Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, Kinkaku-ji, & more) and Nijo Castle (in Nakagyo). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Osaka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kyoto, Nara, Himeji Castle, Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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.
Miyajima and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate Hiroshima Museum of Art and Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Mt. Misen (in Miyajima), Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, & more) and Mashike Itsukushima Shrine (in Mashike-cho). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, examine the collection at Yamato Gallery Zero, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip builder website .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. December in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Mashike Itsukushima Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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