49 days in Japan & Chennai Itinerary

49 days in Japan & Chennai Itinerary

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Train to Frankfurt, Fly to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 4 nights
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Osaka, Japan
— 2 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 18 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Chennai
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Chennai, India
— 15 nights
Fly to Frankfurt, Train to Bonn

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Hiroshima, Japan

— 4 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.
Popular historic sites such as Miyajima and Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Itsukushima Shrine and Hiroshima Castle. Step out of Hiroshima with an excursion to Mikasahama Beach in Hatsukaichi--about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

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

Bonn, Germany to Hiroshima is an approximately 18-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Bonn in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Hiroshima: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

Osaka, Japan

— 2 nights
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.
On the 28th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then shop like a local with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and then visit Dotombori District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan and then shop like a local with Minami (Namba).

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip itinerary planning tool.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites

Kyoto, Japan

— 3 nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Fuuka-Kimono and Yodoryokuchi Park. Get some cultural insight at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Outdoors

Tokyo, Japan

— 4 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Kimono Me. Get some cultural insight at Odaiba District and Tokyo National Museum. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, visit Asakusa, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In October in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can fly to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Hiroshima, Japan

— 18 nights

City of Peace

Visiting Mt. Misen and Mochiishi Seacoast will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Matsuyama Castle and Ishiteji. Venture out of the city with trips to Matsuyama (Dogo Onsengai, Bocchan Wind up Clock, &more), Onomichi (Hondori Shopping Street, Kosanji Temple, &more) and Hatsukaichi (Senjokaku, Daishoin Temple, &more). Enjoy Hiroshima some more: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taikodani Inari Shrine, get great views at Tenku Rice Terraces, step off the mainland to explore Okunoshima Island, and see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Hiroshima takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Chennai, India

— 15 nights

Detroit of South Asia

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Jain Temple and Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams. Head to Express Avenue Mall and Phoenix Marketcityfor some retail therapy. Explore Chennai's surroundings by going to Mahabalipuram (Shore Temple, Monuments at Mahabalipuram, &more), Covelong Beach (in Covelong) and DakshinaChitra Museum (in Muttukadu). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Marina Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Chennai, Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Chennai Turtle Walk, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Vedagiriswarar Temple.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Chennai travel planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Chennai takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. You'll gain 3.5 hours traveling from Hiroshima to Chennai due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Hiroshima in October, things will get a bit warmer in Chennai: highs are around 38°C and lows about 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.