19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
2
Matsumoto
— 2 nights
3
Takayama
— 1 night
4
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
6
Kyoto
— 5 nights
7
Osaka
— 1 night

3
nights
Tokyo

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mitsumine Shrine and Nezu Shrine. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at teamLab☆Planets and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Kamakura (Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple) & Kencho-ji Temple). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, wander the streets of Yanaka District, make a trip to Hozomon, and steep yourself in history at Hie Jinjya.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 5 hours. Traveling from Dubai in August, you will find days in Tokyo are colder (°C), and nights are slightly colder (°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Mitsumine Shrine
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

2
nights
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, contemplate the waterfront views at Matsumotojo Park, steep yourself in history at Kaichi Gakko Primary School, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matsumoto Shrine, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukashi Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Yohashira Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Matsumoto City Timepiece Museum, contemplate the long history of Doshin Koji, thenadmire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Art Museum, thenstroll the grounds of Koboyama Ancient Tomb, and finally see the interesting displays at Japan Radio Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Matsumoto trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Matsumoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Matsumoto are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Kaichi Gakko Primary School ©
Kaichi Gakko Primary School
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Matsumoto City Art Museum ©
Matsumoto City Art Museum

1
night
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): get advice or help at Takayama City Hall.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Takayama trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Takayama sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Spas Neighborhoods
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): stop by Amanatto Kawamura, examine the collection at Dolls Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fudosonkorin Temple, thenexplore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, thensee the interesting displays at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Shima. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Iwase Family, thencontemplate the long history of Suganuma Gassho Community, and then visit Gokayama.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Kanazawa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Nanto
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
Gokayama ©
Gokayama

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 15th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, head off the coast to Miyajima, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Hiroshima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

5
nights
Kyoto

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.
Get some cultural insight at Kinkaku-ji and Kennin-ji Temple. Popular historic sites such as Nijo Castle and Kifune Shrine are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamigamo Shrine, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, get great views at Sagano, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kurama.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Kyoto sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Shimogamo Jinja ©
Shimogamo Jinja
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple

1
night
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, ponder the world of politics at Mint Museum, thenhave some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, thenmake a trip to Hozenji Yokocho, and finally take a stroll through Dotombori District. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Yoshikien, thenmake a trip to Naramachi Koshino Ie, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka holiday builder.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Osaka, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Nara
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Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple

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