9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
train + taxi:  2​h 30​min
2
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
taxi + train:  5​h 15​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Dubai

1
night
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.
On the 13th (Fri), stroll through Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Tokyo DisneySea and then make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip itinerary planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 5 hour difference. In December, Tokyo is colder than Dubai - with highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea

1
night
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): stroll through Ichinose Diamond Ski Resort and then look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Yamanouchi-machi trip planning app .

Getting from Tokyo to Yamanouchi-machi by combination of train and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in December, things will get a bit cooler in Yamanouchi-machi: highs are around 7°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get in touch with nature at Nara Park and Yase Momiji no Komichi. Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Universal Studios Japan & Osaka Castle). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

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

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Yamanouchi-machi to Kyoto in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, flight, and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in December, with highs in Kyoto at 13°C and lows at 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara Park
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
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 19th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, then head off the coast to Miyajima, and then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip website .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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