11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Narita, Train to Kanazawa
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Kanazawa
— 1 day
Drive
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 1 night
Train
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train to Odawara, Bus to Hakone-machi
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly

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Kanazawa

— 1 day
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 10th (Tue), make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and then wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

To see ratings and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip builder tool.

Houston, USA to Kanazawa is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Houston to Kanazawa, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Houston in May; daily highs in Kanazawa reach 72°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 10 — 11:

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and admire the striking features of Jishu Shrine.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner.

Drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in May, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 10 — 13:

Osaka

— 1 night
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.
On the 14th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In May in Osaka, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 13 — 14:

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 15th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima sightseeing planning site.

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to fly to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Find places to stay May 14 — 15:

Hakone-machi

— 1 night
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 16th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashinoko, and finally contemplate the long history of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hakone-machi tour itinerary builder tool.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Hiroshima to Hakone-machi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. When traveling from Hiroshima in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay May 15 — 16:

Tokyo

— 3 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, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip maker app.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in May, you will find days in Tokyo are somewhat warmer (76°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Find places to stay May 16 — 19:

Japan travel guide

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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.