9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
+2
Fly + subway + train:  9​h
1
Hiroshima
— 1 day
train:  1​h
2
Himeji
— 1 night
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kanazawa
— 1 night
5
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Bangkok

1
day
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
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 11th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, then don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip itinerary maker .

Bangkok, Thailand to Hiroshima is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Indochina Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Bangkok in April: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 22°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, then admire the natural beauty at Kokoen Garden, and then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Himeji trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Jishu Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Chishaku-in Meisho Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Gion.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip site .

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Jishu Shrine
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 15th (Mon), make a trip to Omicho Market, make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, and finally contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kanazawa trip builder tool .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 8°C in Kanazawa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

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

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, parks, shopping, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tokyo vacation planning website .

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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