13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive
2
Chiyoda-machi
— 1 night
Drive
3
Mitaka
— 2 nights
Train
4
Nara
— 1 night
Train to Namba(Subway), Train to Hiroshima
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Fly

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Tokyo

— 5 nights
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.
Head to Pokemon Mega Center Tokyo and Luz Jiyugaokafor some retail therapy. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum and Fire Museum. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, take a stroll through Nihonbashi Bridge, make a trip to Hozomon, and shop like a local with Toyosu Market.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Tokyo route website.

Phoenix, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Phoenix to Tokyo. In October, Tokyo is little chillier than Phoenix - with highs of 72°F and lows of 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Chiyoda-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Chiyoda-machi

— 1 night
On the 19th (Mon), stroll around Nakasato Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Horinji, and then grab your bike and head to Chiyoda Town Cycling Road.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Chiyoda-machi tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Chiyoda-machi in 1.5 hours. In October in Chiyoda-machi, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Mitaka.

Things to do in Chiyoda-machi

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Mitaka

— 2 nights
Mitaka is a city located in the western portion of Tokyo Metropolis, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 189,168 and a population density of 11,520 persons per km². On the 20th (Tue), see the sky in a new way at National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, explore the different monuments and memorials at Dazai Osamu Tomb, examine the collection at dazai Osamu Literary Salon, admire the masterpieces at Mitaka City Gallery Of Art, then browse the different shops at Atrevie Mitaka, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katsubuchi Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at The Middle Eastern Culture Center, then get engrossed in the history at Mitaka Yamamoto Yuzo Memorial Museum, then explore the world behind art at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, and finally see the interesting displays at Suwa Kuwagata Insect Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Mitaka day trip site.

Drive from Chiyoda-machi to Mitaka in 2 hours. Traveling from Chiyoda-machi in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Mitaka, with lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Mitaka

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Shopping

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Byodoin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, then take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Nara travel route planner.

Getting from Mitaka to Nara by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

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 23rd (Fri): appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, then examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, then see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then see the interesting displays at Mazda Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima road trip planning website.

Getting from Nara to Hiroshima by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.

Nara Prefecture travel guide

4.2
Sacred & Religious Sites · Monuments · Wildlife Areas
Nara Prefecture is a prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan. The capital is the city of Nara. Nara Prefecture has the distinction of having more UNESCO World Heritage Listings than any other prefecture.HistoryNara Prefecture region is considered one of the oldest regions in Japan spanning thousands of years. The present-day Nara Prefecture as it exists now officially was created in 1887, making it independent of Osaka Prefecture.Historically, Nara Prefecture was also known as Yamato-no-kuni or Yamato Province.Up to Nara PeriodIt is certain that there was a political force established at the foot of Mount Miwa in the east of Nara Basin, seeking unification of most parts in Japan from the third century until the fourth century, though the process was not well documented. At the dawn of history, Yamato was clearly the political center of Japan.Ancient capitals of Japan were built on the land of Nara, namely Asuka-kyō, Fujiwara-kyō (694–710) and Heijō-kyō (most of 710–784). The capital cities of Fujiwara and Heijō are believed to have been modeled after Chinese capitals at the time, incorporating grid layout patterns. The royal court also established relations with Sui and then Tang Dynasty China and sent students to the Middle Kingdom to learn high civilization. By 7th century, Nara accepted the many immigrants including refugees of Baekje who had escaped from war disturbances of the southern part of the Korean peninsula. The first high civilization with royal patronage of Buddhism flourished in today's Nara city (710–784 AD).

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