13 days in Reunion Island & Japan Itinerary

13 days in Reunion Island & Japan Itinerary

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Saint-Leu, Reunion Island
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Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
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Himeji, Japan
— 2 nights

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Saint-Leu, Reunion Island

Saint-Leu is a commune in the French overseas department of Réunion. On the 4th (Wed), explore the fascinating underground world of Trou du Souffleur, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Kelonia, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Domaine Du Cafe Grille, get outside with Plage de Grande Anse, and then get outside with Aquasens.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Saint-Leu trip planner.

Saint-Denis to Saint-Leu is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Saint-Leu are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Saint-Leu

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
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Aquarium
Kelonia
4.3

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Tokyo, Japan

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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, and visit Odaiba District.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

You can fly from Saint-Leu to Tokyo in 22.5 hours. The time zone changes from Réunion Time (RET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Saint-Leu in December, expect Tokyo to be cooler, temps between 14°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

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Neighborhood
Odaiba District
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Architectural Building
Tokyo Tower
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Kyoto, Japan

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka (about 1h 15 min away). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planning site.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trip

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Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

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 13th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima travel app.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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World heritage site
Itsukushima Shrine
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Historic Site
Atomic Bomb Dome
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Himeji, Japan

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle, and finally admire the natural beauty at Koko-en.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Himeji sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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World heritage site
Himeji Castle
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Garden
Koko-en
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Landmark
Shoshazan Engyoji
4.8

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