Japan by Bullet Train

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We took a 17 day family trip to Japan in June 2002. It was the first time the girls had been to Asia, so it was a quite different experience for them. We bought bullet train passes and made good use of them as we journeyed from Tokyo to Hiroshima, Kyoto, Takayama in the mountains and Nagano, before returning back to Tokyo. In each city we took day trips to places such as Nikko, Miyajima Island and Nara.


Japan Itinerary

Day
Date
Location/Activities
1
8 June 2002
Fly from Los Angeles to Tokyo, crossing the International Date Line on the 10 hour, 50 minute flight
2
9 June 2002
Arrive in Tokyo, dinner in Ginza
3
10 June 2002
Day trip to NIkko
4
11 June 2002
Sightseeing in Tokyo: Zoo; Ginza; Shinjuku
5
12 June 2002
Travel to Hiroshima via a 540 mile, five hour train trip
6
13 June 2002
Miyajima Island Day Trip via a 25 minute train and 10 minute ferry trip each way
7
14 June 2002
Visit Hiroshima sites: Peace Park, Peace Memorial Museum
8
15 June 2002
Travel to Kyoto via a two hour train ride
9
16 June 2002
Explore Kyoto: Ninnaji, Ryoanji, Kinkakuji (Golden), Yasaka-jinja and Kiyomizu Temples
10
17 June 2002
Day trip to Nara, taking a 45 minute train trip each way
11
18 June 2002
Travel to Takayama via two trains
12
19 June 2002
Takayama Rest Day: Visit a market, Relax and hike in a park
13
20 June 2002
Travel to Nagano via three trains and along the Japan Sea
14
21 June 2002
Visit Nagano Zenkoji Temple; Matsumoto Day Trip to Castle and Japan Folklore Museum
15
22 June 2002
Travel to Tokyo, via a one hour, 40 minute train ride
16
23 June 2002
Explore Tokyo: Sensoji Temple, Imperial Gardens, Meji-jingu Shrine
17
24 June 2002
Travel from Tokyo to Los Angeles, via an eight hour, 40 minute flight

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