11 days in Japan Itinerary

11 days in Japan Itinerary

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11 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Aomori
— 1 night
+2
Fly + bus + train:  5​h 45​min
3
Hiroshima
— 1 night
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

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, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tokyo online trip itinerary builder .

San Francisco, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from San Francisco to Tokyo. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Aomori.

Things to do in Tokyo

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

1
night
Aomori

Aomori ©
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
On the 8th (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Sannai-Maruyama Ruins, get outside with Hakkoda Odake, and then admire the landmark architecture of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Aomori day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Aomori takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tokyo in April, with highs in Aomori at 52°F and lows at 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Aomori

Outdoors Historic Sites
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Sannai-Maruyama Ruins ©
Sannai-Maruyama Ruins
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse ©
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Aomori to Hiroshima takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, Hiroshima is a bit warmer than Aomori - with highs of 67°F and lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Himeji (Himeji Castle & Koko-en Garden), Osaka (Tower Knives Osaka & Osaka Castle) and Nigatsu-do Temple (in Nara). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto road trip app .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Himeji, Osaka, Nigatsu-do Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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