13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 1 day
+2
Train + Subway + Train:  4 h 30 min
2
Koya-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Nara
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Kobe
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
5
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Kyoto
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
8
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
10
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Bus + Train:  1 h 30 min
11
Kamakura
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
12
Nikko
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
13
Shirakawa
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
End: Tokyo

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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.
On the 3rd (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, then admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. April in Tokyo sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Fun & Games
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 4:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saito, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Torodo Temple, explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ichijo-in Temple, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Koya-cho day trip planning tool.

Getting from Tokyo to Koya-cho by train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 4:
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Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Torodo Temple ©
Torodo Temple

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Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 5th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, stroll around Nara Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, and finally see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nara trip planner.

Drive from Koya-cho to Nara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kobe.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): stop by Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), then don't miss a visit to Nunohiki River Valley, then see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Akashi National Government Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kobe itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Nara to Kobe in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a train. April in Kobe sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kobe

Fun & Games Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 5 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Akashi National Government Park ©
Akashi National Government Park
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum

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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 7th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Kobe to Hiroshima by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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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.
On the 8th (Wed), make a trip to Heian Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto trip itinerary maker website.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Kyoto sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Heian Shrine
Heian Shrine

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
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 9th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, then don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, and finally contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

Plan my day in Kanazawa using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Kyoto in April, with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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night
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
On the 10th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, then wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji, and finally examine the collection at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Takayama vacation website.

Getting from Kanazawa to Takayama by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. April in Takayama sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall ©
Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

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Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Matsumoto Castle and then head outdoors with Karasawa Carl.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Matsumoto online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Matsumoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April in Matsumoto, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle

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Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 12th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and then don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hakone-machi itinerary builder.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Hakone-machi in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Matsumoto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kamakura.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Nature Parks
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)
Owaku-dani Valley ©
Owaku-dani Valley

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Kamakura

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Shojoken Ovservatory, contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, and finally make a trip to Kōtoku-in.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kamakura trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Kamakura by combination of bus and train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In April in Kamakura, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

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Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine, explore the striking landscape of Nikko National Park, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sakana to Mori no Kansatsuen, and finally walk around Sanbonmatu Park.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Nikko trip planner.

You can drive from Kamakura to Nikko in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Nikko are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Shirakawa.

Things to do in Nikko

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Nikko National Park
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 14:
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Nikko National Park ©
Nikko National Park
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine

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Shirakawa

Shirakawa ©
Shirakawa is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. On the 15th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Suirakuen, then stroll around Shirakawa Sekinomori Park, and then explore the activities along Yukiwari Canyon.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Shirakawa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Shirakawa takes 1.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nikko in April since evenings lows in Shirakawa dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Shirakawa

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Shirakawa Sekinomori Park ©
Shirakawa Sekinomori Park
Suirakuen ©
Suirakuen

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