13 days in Reunion Island & Japan Itinerary

13 days in Reunion Island & Japan Itinerary

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13 days in Reunion Island & Japan Itinerary

Start: Saint-Denis, Reunion Island
Drive:  45​min
1
Saint-Leu, Reunion Island
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  23​h 30​min
2
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima, Japan
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
5
Himeji, Japan
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Saint-Denis, Reunion Island


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1
night
Saint-Leu, Reunion Island

Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): Head underground at Trou du Souffleur, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Kelonia, and finally get interesting insight from Tours. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Domaine Du Cafe Grille, head outdoors with Plage de Grande Anse, and then get outside with Aquasens.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use 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, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Saint-Leu

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Plage de Grande Anse, Domaine Du Cafe Grille, Scuba & Snorkeling, Aquasens
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Kelonia ©
Kelonia
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
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, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo tour itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Saint-Leu to Tokyo with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Reunion Time (RET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 5 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Saint-Leu in December; daily highs in Tokyo reach 14°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
nights
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). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Arashiyama.

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You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

2
nights
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

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Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

2
nights
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.
On the 15th (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and finally admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Himeji travel route planning app .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Himeji sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mt. Takamikura
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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