9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
3
Kobe
— 1 day
Train
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Dhaka City

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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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, get to know the resident critters at Ueno Zoo, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip builder site.

Dhaka City, Bangladesh to Tokyo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 3.5 hours traveling from Dhaka City to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto attractions planning website.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks

Kobe

— 1 day
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): gain insight at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, browse the different shops at Liv, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki).

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kobe online day trip planner.

Take a train from Kyoto to Kobe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Kobe, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Shopping · Nature · Parks

Hiroshima

— 2 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 1st (Mon), see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and then head off the coast to Miyajima.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planner.

Getting from Kobe to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. On the 2nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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.