20 days in India, Edinburgh & Japan Itinerary

20 days in India, Edinburgh & Japan Itinerary

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 3 nights
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Himeji, Japan
— 1 night
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Hiroshima, Japan
— 1 night
Train to Hakata, Fly to Madras
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Chennai, India
— 1 night
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Madurai, India
— 1 night
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, steep yourself in history at Palace of Holyroodhouse, get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Scotland, and make a trip to The Royal Mile.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh online trip itinerary maker.

Chennai, India to Edinburgh is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 5.5 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Chennai in June; daily highs in Edinburgh reach 20°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums
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Tokyo, Japan

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: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, ponder the world of politics at Imperial Palace, and admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip website.

You can fly from Edinburgh to Tokyo in 18 hours. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Edinburgh in June, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

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Kyoto, Japan

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, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, visit Arashiyama, steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip app.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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Himeji, Japan

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 26th (Tue): make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Himeji day trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in June, expect nights in Himeji to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are slightly colder, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

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Hiroshima, Japan

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 27th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip maker.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites

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Chennai, India

Detroit of South Asia

Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
On the 28th (Thu), stroll through Marina Beach and then make a trip to Indian Institute Of Technology, Madras. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Fort St. George, then kick back and relax at Besant Nagar Beach, then take in nature's colorful creations at The Theosophical Society, and finally browse the collection at The Anna Centenary Library.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Chennai trip itinerary builder app.

Do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Chennai in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3.5 hours traveling from Hiroshima to Chennai. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Hiroshima in June, with highs in Chennai at 43°C and lows at 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Madurai.

Things to do in Chennai

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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Madurai, India

Athens of the East

One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Madurai sits on the banks of the River Vaigai and serves as a center of Tamil culture.
On the 30th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Samanar Hills, take in the spiritual surroundings of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Cathedral Church.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Madurai trip planner.

You can fly from Chennai to Madurai in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Chennai in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Madurai, with highs around 40°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madurai

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

India travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings · Beaches
It may very well be fair to call India "incredible," given its mind-boggling diversity of landscapes, climates, cultures, and languages. The world's largest democracy, and second only to China in terms of population, India contains majestic peaks dusted with glistening snow, sun-drenched beaches, ancient hand-carved temples, and sprawling cities jam-packed with people, vehicles, and animals. Many tour India during the country's devotional festivals, which range from immense parades that convert cities into giant performance stages, to simple farming fairs dedicated to relatively obscure local deities. Whenever you choose to vacation in India, make sure you see some of the country's World Heritage Sites, which include the legendary Taj Mahal and Chilika Lake, the planet's second-largest lagoon.