13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  15​h
1
Ishigaki
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  4​h 30​min
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Mumbai

1
night
Ishigaki

Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
On the 6th (Sat), Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, then explore the activities along Kabira Bay, then get engrossed in the history at Ishigaki Yaima Village, and finally find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Nosoko Mape, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then take in panoramic vistas at Maesedake Observation Site.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ishigaki trip builder .

Mumbai, India to Ishigaki is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Mumbai to Ishigaki due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Mumbai in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ishigaki: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Tours Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing

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 8th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, then appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Miyajima and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip site .

Getting from Ishigaki to Hiroshima by combination of flight and train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and ferry. In April, Hiroshima is a bit cooler than Ishigaki - with highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and wander the streets of Gion.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kyoto attractions site .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 13th (Sat), make a trip to Omicho Market, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and finally contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Kyoto in April, plan for little chillier nights in Kanazawa, with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Urayasu, approximately 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 16th (Tue) at Tokyo Disneyland. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

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