12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly

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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, and then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine.

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Glasgow, UK to Hiroshima is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from Glasgow to Hiroshima, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, Hiroshima is warmer than Glasgow - with highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Himeji

— 1 night
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then go for a walk through Himeji Castle, and then stroll through Mt Shosha hiking.

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Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Himeji, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 31°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, visit Gion, and hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

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Getting from Himeji to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Himeji in August, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 39°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 14:

Kanazawa

— 1 night
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and finally make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town.

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Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. While traveling from Kyoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Tokyo

— 4 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Tokyo Tower, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and wander the streets of Odaiba District.

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Fly from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 19th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
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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.