8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
Fly + train:  14​h 30​min
1
Himeji
— 1 day
train:  1​h
2
Hiroshima
— 1 night
train:  4​h
3
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Kuwait City

1
day
Himeji

Himeji ©
The castle around which the city of Himeji has developed represents one of the best preserved in the country, and has been designated as a national treasure and a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, take in nature's colorful creations at Kokoen Garden, and then don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Himeji trip itinerary builder app .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Himeji is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 6 hours. Traveling from Kuwait City in August, you will find days in Himeji are cooler (35°C), and nights are a bit cooler (31°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, then don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

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

2
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.
On the 20th (Mon), get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, make a trip to Tokyo Tower, don't miss a visit to The Tsukiji Market, then admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and then take an in-depth tour of Tokyo National Museum.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Hiroshima to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

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Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, classes, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Gion, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto holiday builder website .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. August in Kyoto sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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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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