8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Newark

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 14th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine and then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planner .

Newark, USA to Hiroshima is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, subway, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in September, Hiroshima is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heian Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and finally wander the streets of Gion.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto day trip app .

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. September in Kyoto sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
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.
On the 18th (Wed), admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, then take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji and then take a stroll through Odaiba.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online journey builder .

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. September in Tokyo sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

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

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