Japan - April, 2017: Itinerary

Our travel plan

Below is a table with the broad picture of our itinerary. Below that is a more detailed day-by-day description of the plan as of the date at the bottom of the page.

An itinerary is a plan as of a particular point in time of where to go, when, and how. But plans change, sometimes even from moment to moment. So our plans may change based on weather, surprise opportunities, changing interests, and factors beyond our control.

Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Takayama


Days, Dates, Cities and Notes
Day Date Itinerary
Wed 5 April Leave Denver in A.M. to your gateway city then to Narita
Thu 6 April Arrive Tokyo Narita (NRT); Narita Express to Shinagawa station; walk to Shinagawa Prince Hotel
Fri 7 April Tokyo details to come
Sat 8 April Tokyo Sightseeing in Tokyo area
Sun 9 April To Kyoto site seeing
Mon 10 April Kyoto city tour
Tue 11 April To Hiroshima visit peace park
Wed 12 April Hiroshima Visit Miyajima
Thu 13 April Morning free, then to Takayama
Fri 14 April Takayama enjoy matsuri day one, evening parade
Sat 15 April Takayama enjoy matsuri, day two
Sun 16 April Takayama Local sites
Mon 17 April To Tokyo trains to the town of Narita
Tue 18 April Morning free then airport limousine bus to Narita aiport
Depart for Denver, arrive evening of same day(!)



Wed., April 5

We're taking off
* See the page Shopping for air travel for thoughts on getting to Japan

Thu., April 6

We arrive in Japan
* Arrive Narita International Airport on your flight of choice
* Quarantine, Immigration (passport)
* Pick up bags, Customs
* Exchange currency
* Set JR passes to activate immediately
* Narita Express (train) to nearby station then taxi to our hotel
* Or limousine bus directly to our hotel
* Check in, explore neighborhood
* Dinner in local restaurant (or just crash!)

Fri., April 7

* Breakfast at hotel
* Tsukiji fish market
* Hama Rikyu Gardens
* Sumida River cruise
* Lunch on own
* Asakusa - old town
* Dinner - TBD

Sat., April 8

* Breakfast at hotel
* Your choice of ...
  + Shibuya district
  + Department store of choice
  + Tokyo Tower
  + Emperor's palace
  + Harajuku - youth culture, cosplay
  + Akihabara- electronics area
  + Fake food town
* Weather fallback: museums
* Evening cherry blossom viewing, bento dinner

Sun., April 9

To Kyoto:
Shinkansen to Kyoto:
* Hikari 505 (depart 8:40 a.m., arrive Kyoto 11:11 a.m.)
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* Hikari 465 (depart 9:10 a.m., arrive Kyoto 11:45 a.m.)
* 4 minute walk to hotel.
* Lunch on own.
* Sightseeing suggestions:
  + Tofoku-ji temple
  + Fushimi Inari shrine
  + Tea ceremony
* Kaiseki dinner at hotel (included)

Mon., April 10

* Kyoto city tour departs hotel 9:00, returns 6:00
* Dinner in hotel (included)

Tue., April 11

To Hiroshima:
* Shinkansen to Hiroshima
* Hikari 495 (depart 8:23 a.m., arrive 10:35 a.m.)
* Shuttle to hotel
* Picnic lunch in Peace Park
* Visit Peace Park, Peace Musuem, A-bomb dome
* Film and survivors story
* Hondori Street - shopping

Wed., April 12

* Visit island of Miyajima

Thu., April 13

To Takayama:
* Morning free
* Shinkansen to Nagoya
* Hida express to Takayama

Fri., April 14

* Enjoy first day of matsuri, evening parade

Sat., April 15

* Attend second day of matsuri

Sun., April 16

* Itinerary by City of Takayama and Takayama Denver Friendship Association:

Mon., April 17

To Tokyo:
* Train from Takayama to Nagoya
* Train to Tokyo then to town of Narita, local hotel
* Last night in Japan!

Tue., April 18

Homeward bound (shuttle bus and airline ticket):
* Bus or train to Narita airport