9 days in Japan & Saint John Itinerary

9 days in Japan & Saint John Itinerary

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9 days in Japan & Saint John Itinerary

Start: Takamatsu, Japan
Drive:  2​h
1
Kochi, Japan
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
2
Shimanto, Japan
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  31​h
3
Saint John, Canada
— 1 night
Fly + train:  22​h 15​min
4
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
End: Takamatsu, Japan

1
day
Kochi, Japan

Kochi ©
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
On the 13th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Katsurahama Beach, then get engrossed in the history at Ryoma Sakamoto Memorial Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chikurinji Temple, and finally step into the grandiose world of Kochi Castle.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kochi online route builder .

Takamatsu to Kochi is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Kochi are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Shimanto.

Things to do in Kochi

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Kochi Castle ©
Kochi Castle
Chikurinji Temple ©
Chikurinji Temple
Katsura Hama ©
Katsura Hama

1
night
Shimanto, Japan

Shimanto ©
Shimanto is a town located in Takaoka District, Kōchi Prefecture, Japan.It was formed on March 20, 2006 from the merger of the town of Kubokawa, from Takaoka District, and the towns of Taishō and Towa, both from Hata District.As of July 27, 2015, the village has an estimated population of 18,269 and a density of 28.5 persons per km². Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ichijo Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Shimanto Local Hisotorical Museum, then make a trip to Nakamura Castle Ruins, then examine the collection at Shimanto River Gakuyukan, and finally get lost in a book at Ogata Akatsuki-kan.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Shimanto trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Kochi to Shimanto takes 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Shimanto are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Saint John.

Things to do in Shimanto

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Ogata Akatsuki-kan
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Ichijo Shrine ©
Ichijo Shrine

1
night
Saint John, Canada

Saint John ©
An important port city on New Brunswick's southeastern coast, Saint John has a long tradition of migration, especially from Ireland.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and then take in the dramatic natural features at St. Martins Sea Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Saint John Police Museum, then stroll around Irving Nature Park, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint John trip itinerary builder website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Shimanto to Saint John. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time (JST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST) is minus 13 hours. Traveling from Shimanto in September, expect nights in Saint John to be cooler, around 9°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Saint John

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

St Martins Sea Caves
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St Martins Sea Caves ©
St Martins Sea Caves
Zipline
Irving Nature Park ©
Irving Nature Park

3
nights
Kyoto, Japan

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 hidden gems such as Mt. Kurama and Nishi Honganji. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kamigamo Shrine and Sanzen-in Temple. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanzen-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Ninna-ji Temple, and make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Saint John to Kyoto in 22.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 13 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Saint John in September: highs in Kyoto hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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