8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  14​h
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
2
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  16​h
End: San Diego

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple) and Asakusa Shrine. Get some cultural insight at The Railway Museum and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Sankeien Gardens (in Naka) and Kamakura (Kencho-ji Temple & Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Ueno, steep yourself in history at Nezu Shrine, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo vacation planning site .

San Diego, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from San Diego to Tokyo, you'll lose 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in August: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 88°F and lows are around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Sankeien Gardens, The Railway Museum
Highlights from your plan
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

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.
On the 16th (Fri), browse the exhibits of Schmoe House, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in August, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
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.
Toshodaiji Temple and Eikando Zenrinji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Kennin-ji Temple and Nijo Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Dotonbori (in Osaka) and Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple & Mt. Wakakusa). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and wander the streets of Gion.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Kyoto are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Nara, Dotonbori
Highlights from your plan
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

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