8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Seoul
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  5 h 15 min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: Seoul

2
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.
On the 10th (Sun), wander the streets of Ginza. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, then take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, then admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

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

Seoul, South Korea to Tokyo is an approximately 5.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Seoul in January, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, then take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and finally don't miss a visit to Omicho Market.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip maker site.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in January, plan for slightly colder days in Kanazawa, with highs around 7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Jishu Shrine (in Otsu) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and have some family-friendly fun at Kimono Photo Studio Plaza Ai.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip maker.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Fun & Games

Side Trips

Osaka, Jishu Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima online trip builder.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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