6 days in Japan Itinerary

6 days in Japan Itinerary

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6 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Train:  2​h 45​min
1
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  45​min
2
Nara
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 30​min
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  4​h 15​min
End: Tokyo

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamigamo Shrine, contemplate the long history of Ninna-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gio-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jojakkoji Temple.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online day trip planner .

Tokyo to Kyoto is an approximately 3-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Obakusan Manpuku - ji Temple, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

1
night
Nara

Nara ©
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.
You've now added Nara Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Joruri Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally take an in-depth tour of Nara National Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nara trip planner .

Getting from Kyoto to Nara by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of subway and train. In September, daytime highs in Nara are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Joruri Temple
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Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
Nara National Museum
Nara National Museum

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Let the collections at JMSDF Kure Museum and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum capture your imagination. Discover out-of-the-way places like Daishoin Temple and Mazda Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii & Itsukushima Shrine). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and appreciate the history behind Peace Flame.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Nara to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Mazda Museum
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Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple

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