11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Nagoya
train:  45​min
1
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
3
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Shimoda
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
End: Nagoya

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 some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nara Park. Popular historic sites such as Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Ryoanji Temple are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip maker app .

Nagoya to Kyoto is an approximately 1-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Nagoya, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Nara Park
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach, then head off the coast to Miyajima, and then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima travel planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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.
Visit Sensō-ji and Tokyo National Museum for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Edo-Tokyo Museum and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Odaiba, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. August in Tokyo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Shimoda.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

3
nights
Shimoda

Shimoda ©
On a trip to Shimoda, a small town nestled on the tip of the Izu peninsula, you can take advantage of the scenic sandy beaches and soak in the laid-back atmosphere.
Escape the urban bustle at Otago Beach and Inatori Ukiuki Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Ita Beach and Tatadohama Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Shimoda side-trips: Matsuzaki-cho (Iwachi Beach & Kumi Beach), Tagosehama Beach (in Nishiizu-cho) and Wasabi Fields of Ikadaba (in Izu). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Kisami Ohama Beach.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Shimoda road trip site .

You can drive from Tokyo to Shimoda in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Shimoda can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Shimoda

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Nishiizu-cho, Matsuzaki-cho, Ita Beach, Inatori Ukiuki Beach, Wasabi Fields of Ikadaba
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Tatadohama Beach ©
Tatadohama Beach
Wasabi Fields of Ikadaba ©
Wasabi Fields of Ikadaba

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