8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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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, take a stroll through Akihabara, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo day trip app.

New York City, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Tokyo is 14 hours. In October, daytime highs in Tokyo are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Hiroshima.
Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping
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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally appreciate the history behind Peace Bell.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima sightseeing planning site.

You can fly from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in October, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.
Historic Sites · Museums
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Kyoto — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, and then don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, and finally stop by Musubi Kyoto.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto itinerary planner.

Getting from Hiroshima to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.
Historic Sites · Shopping
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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 8th (Sat): make a trip to Neagarimatsu, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then enjoy breathtaking views from Kenrokuen Yamazakiyama, then take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and finally make a trip to Omicho Market.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Japan travel guide

Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.