9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koganei
— 1 night
Drive to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Fly to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Tokyo

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Fukagawa Edo Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo vacation planner.

Knoxville, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Knoxville to Tokyo, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Knoxville in April, plan for little chillier days in Tokyo, with highs around 67°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Koganei.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Koganei

— 1 night
Koganei is a city located in the western portion of Tokyo, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 121,516 and a population density of 10,750 persons per km². Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum has been added to your itinerary. On the 30th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Jindai-ji Temple, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Inokashira Park Zoo, then wander the streets of Kichijoji, and finally see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Koganei online visit planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Koganei by car takes about an hour. Traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Koganei, with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Koganei

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima online attractions planner.

Explore your travel options from Koganei to Hiroshima with the Route module. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Koganei in April since evenings lows in Hiroshima dip to 52°F. You will leave for Kyoto on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Kyoto

— 3 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.
You'll explore and learn at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center and Kyoto International Manga Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Nara Park in Nara, approximately Nara away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and take an in-depth tour of Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary app.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Kyoto are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.