8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
Train
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Himeji
— 1 day
Drive
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Kobe
— 1 night
Drive
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Osaka
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 1 night
Train
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Fuji
— 1 night
Train
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Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly
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Sapporo
— 1 night
Fly

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Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip maker.

Dublin, Ireland to Hiroshima is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from Dublin to Hiroshima, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Dublin in September: highs in Hiroshima hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 24°C. You will leave for Himeji on the 9th (Thu).

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Himeji

— 1 day
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Engyo-ji Temple Mitsunodo, steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, then contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and finally take in the views from Sakuramon Bridge.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji travel planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Kobe

— 1 night
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then don't miss a visit to Nunohiki River Valley, and finally make a trip to Tairyuji Temple.

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You can drive from Himeji to Kobe in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Osaka

— 1 night
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 11th (Sat): visit Dotombori District and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip planning tool.

Getting from Kobe to Osaka by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Kyoto

— 1 night
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 12th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Kyoto are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Fuji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites

Fuji

— 1 night
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): look for gifts at Tago no Tsuki Honten, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Iwamoto, stroll around Iwamotoyama Park, experience rural life at Imamiya Tea Plantation, then take in the pleasant sights at Obuchi Sasaba, and finally head outdoors with Fujigawa Service Area - Inbound.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Fuji online journey planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Fuji in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Kyoto in September, expect nights in Fuji to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are little chillier, around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fuji

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Tokyo

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and finally don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner.

You can take a train from Fuji to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Sapporo.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites

Sapporo

— 1 night

CIty of Ramen

A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
On the 15th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Sapporo Clock Tower and then walk around Odori Park.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sapporo vacation maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Sapporo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in September: high temperatures in Sapporo hover around 23°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Sapporo

Parks · Historic Sites

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.