13 days in Japan Itinerary

13 days in Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  16 h
1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Chiyoda-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Mitaka
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
4
Nara
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  18 h 30 min
End: Phoenix

5
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.
Appreciate the collections at teamLab☆Planets and Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Pokemon Mega Center Tokyo and Omotesando. The adventure continues: stop by Yanaka, admire the masterpieces at The National Art Center, Tokyo, wander the streets of Ueno, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip app .

Phoenix, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 16 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Phoenix in October: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 72°F and lows are around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Chiyoda-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Ueno ©
Ueno
teamLab☆Planets ©
teamLab☆Planets
Nezu Museum ©
Nezu Museum

1
night
Chiyoda-machi

Chiyoda-machi ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): stroll around Nakasato Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Horinji, and then grab your bike and head to Chiyoda Town Cycling Road.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Chiyoda-machi trip maker.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Chiyoda-machi takes 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Chiyoda-machi are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mitaka.

Things to do in Chiyoda-machi

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Nakasato Park ©
Nakasato Park

2
nights
Mitaka

Mitaka ©
Mitaka is a city located in the western portion of Tokyo Metropolis, in the central Kantō region of Japan., the city had an estimated population of 189,168 and a population density of 11,520 persons per km². Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): see the sky in a new way at National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, stroll the grounds of Dazai Osamu Tomb, examine the collection at dazai Osamu Literary Salon, then admire the masterpieces at Mitaka City Gallery Of Art, then buy something for everyone on your list at Atrevie Mitaka, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Katsubuchi Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of The Middle Eastern Culture Center, get engrossed in the history at Mitaka Yamamoto Yuzo Memorial Museum, then examine the collection at Ghibli Museum Mitaka, and finally see the interesting displays at Suwa Kuwagata Insect Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mitaka trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Chiyoda-machi to Mitaka takes 2 hours. Traveling from Chiyoda-machi in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Mitaka, with lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Mitaka

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
The Middle Eastern Culture Center ©
The Middle Eastern Culture Center
Mitaka Yamamoto Yuzo Memorial Museum ©

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Byodoin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, then take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

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

You can take a train from Mitaka to Nara in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. October in Nara sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Byodoin
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Byodoin ©
Byodoin
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

2
nights
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 23rd (Fri): appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, then see the interesting displays at Yamato Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then see the interesting displays at Mazda Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima route app .

You can take a train from Nara to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. October in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kure, Mazda Museum, Senjokaku
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Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum

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