13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Quebec
Fly:  15 h 45 min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  18 h 30 min
End: Montreal, Quebec

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Nezu Shrine and Kencho-ji Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Mitsumine Shrine. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) in Kamakura, approximately 1 hour away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, contemplate the long history of Hie Jinjya, take a stroll through Ueno, and explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo route website .

Montreal, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Tokyo is 14 hours. In April, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Montreal - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kamakura, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Mitsumine Shrine
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Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Visit Nijo Castle and Daigo-ji Temple for their historical value. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninna-ji Temple, wander the streets of Gion, and stroll around Kyoto Gyoen National Garden.

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You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Daigo-ji Temple ©
Daigo-ji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

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.
On the 17th (Fri), make a trip to Peace Flame, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and finally examine the collection at Mazda Museum. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Paddle Park, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima day trip planning site .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Spas

Side Trips

Mazda Museum, Paddle Park
Highlights from your plan
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Mazda Museum ©
Mazda Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, stroll around Kemasakuranomiya Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nakanoshima Park, then examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Hōzen-ji Temple. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Hozenji Yokocho, get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, explore the galleries of Mint Museum, then take in panoramic vistas at Harukas 300 Observation Deck, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Osaka.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka itinerary builder app .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Nara
Highlights from your plan
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho

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