9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan itinerary planner

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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
Drive
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
Fly

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Tokyo

— 2 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 sightseeing, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Tokyo. In February, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods

Kanazawa

— 1 night
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): make a trip to Omicho Market, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Kanazawa, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Kyoto

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Osaka (Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan & Universal Studios Japan). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum, visit Arashiyama, and get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kyoto online holiday planner.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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.
On the 17th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima road trip app.

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.