13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Honolulu, Oahu
Fly:  11​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
3
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Osaka
— 3 nights
5
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
+2
train + tram + Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Honolulu, Oahu

3
nights
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, wander the streets of Odaiba, appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip maker site .

Honolulu, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 19 hours traveling from Honolulu to Tokyo. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Honolulu in October; daily highs in Tokyo reach 72°F and lows reach 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Parks
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
On the 14th (Mon), pause for some photo ops at Ground Zero, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Okonomimura, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, then admire the striking features of Peace Clock Tower, and finally pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima tour itinerary planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

1
night
Himeji

Himeji ©
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.
For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Himeji tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Osaka is known for historic sites, theme parks, parks, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, take a stroll through Dotonbori, get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe, and step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Osaka trip planner .

Getting from Himeji to Osaka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Himeji in October, Osaka is slightly colder at night with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
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 20th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kanazawa Catholic Church, stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, then examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shofukaku Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): sample the tasty concoctions at Yachiya Sake Brewery, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, contemplate the long history of Shima, then make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, then examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kanazawa road trip site .

Getting from Osaka to Kanazawa by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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