13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Nagoya
— 1 night
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
5
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  4​h 15​min
6
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Boston

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Yanaka and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Explore hidden gems such as KidZania Tokyo and Engaku-ji Temple. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Tokyo, and don't miss a visit to Shimokitazawa.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo day trip planning app .

Boston, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 14 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Boston in July since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Kamakura
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Engaku-ji Temple ©
Engaku-ji Temple
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
KidZania Tokyo ©
KidZania Tokyo

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): shop like a local with Sakae, browse the different shops at Uni Mall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Nagoya Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at The Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art, then admire the masterpieces at Furukawa Art Museum, then examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Shopping Avenue Esca.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nagoya trip planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Sakae
Sakae

1
night
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 15th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimogamo Jinja.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kyoto vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in July, you will find days in Kyoto are a bit warmer (89°F), and nights are about the same (76°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
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Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Shimogamo Jinja ©
Shimogamo Jinja
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Glico Museum, examine the collection at CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, then don't miss a visit to Hozenji Yokocho, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have fun and explore at Kids Plaza Osaka, then stop by Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka, and then take a stroll through Dotonbori.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka travel itinerary planner.

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nara, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
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Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA ©
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima travel route planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. On the 18th (Sat), you're off toTokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Museum-lovers will get to explore Oya Stone Museum and Fukagawa Edo Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Asakusa Shrine and Ueno. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamakura (Kencho-ji Temple, Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), & more). Enjoy Tokyo some more: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, steep yourself in history at Hie Jinjya, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kokyo Gaien National Garden, and get a taste of the local shopping with Kitchen Town (Kappabashi).

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You can take a train from Hiroshima to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kamakura, Oya History Museum
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)

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