13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: St. Croix
Fly:  25​h
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: St. Croix

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Odaiba and Tokyo National Museum. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and wander the streets of Akihabara.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo attractions site .

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands to Tokyo is an approximately 25-hour combination of ferry and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 13 hours. When traveling from St. Croix in April, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nara Park. Step out of Kyoto to go to Osaka and see Dotonbori, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto itinerary planning website .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Kyoto are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Dotonbori, Nara Park
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Gion
Gion

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get a sense of the local culture at Miyajima and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Get outdoors at Mt. Misen and Tobishima Kaido. When in Hiroshima, make a side trip to see Paddle Park in Hatsukaichi, approximately 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, take in the awesome beauty at Ogonzan, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima online travel route planner .

Take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Tobishima Kaido
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Miyajima ©
Miyajima

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