9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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Osaka
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle and then wander the streets of Dotombori District. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Osaka is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Osaka. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in July, with highs in Osaka at 89°F and lows at 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

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Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Kyoto

— 2 nights
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.
On the 19th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then admire the striking features of Jishu Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then wander the streets of Gion.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Kyoto are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 3 nights
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and take a stroll through Odaiba District.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · 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.