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.
Visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Dotonbori. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Nara (Todai-ji Temple & Nara Park). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Gion, steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary builder site .

Nagoya to Kyoto is an approximately 1-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in August, you will find days in Kyoto are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trips

Nara, Dotonbori
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Gion
Gion
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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 step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima tour planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. August in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough 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.
Odaiba and Sensō-ji are good opportunities to explore the local culture. For shopping fun, head to Ginza or Takeshita Street. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Ghibli Museum Mitaka in Mitaka--about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and wander the streets of Akihabara.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo online trip planner .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Tokyo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Tokyo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Shimoda.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

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 Iwachi Beach. Relax by the water at Ita Beach and Tagosehama Beach. Explore Shimoda's surroundings by going to Inatori Ukiuki Beach (in Higashiizu-cho), Kumi Beach (in Matsuzaki-cho) and Wasabi Fields of Ikadaba (in Izu). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Tatadohama Beach and stroll through Kisami Ohama Beach.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Shimoda online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Tokyo to Shimoda in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 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, Wasabi Fields of Ikadaba, Ita Beach, Inatori Ukiuki Beach
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Tatadohama Beach ©
Tatadohama Beach
Wasabi Fields of Ikadaba ©
Wasabi Fields of Ikadaba

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