9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
+2
Fly + subway + train:  17​h 15​min
1
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  1​h
2
Himeji
— 1 day
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, then don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

Before you visit Hiroshima, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

London, UK to Hiroshima is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Hiroshima. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in October: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 27°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums
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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
day
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 5th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Kokoen Garden, steep yourself in history at Himeji Castle, and then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Himeji online travel planner .

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In October in Himeji, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (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
Kokoen Garden ©
Kokoen Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

4
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, parks, classes, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera, take in the pleasant sights at Arashiyama, contemplate the long history of Tofuku-ji Temple, and take in the views from Togetsukyo Bridge.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Himeji in October, plan for little chillier nights in Kyoto, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo itinerary builder app .

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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