19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Hiroshima
— 1 night
2
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
3
Iriomote-jima
— 1 night
4
Ishigaki
— 1 night
5
Miyakojima
— 1 night
6
Wakayama
— 1 night
7
Shingu
— 1 night
8
Nara
— 1 night
9
Osaka
— 1 night
10
Kyoto
— 2 nights
11
Nakatsugawa
— 1 night
12
Kanazawa
— 1 night
13
Tokyo
— 3 nights

1
night
Hiroshima

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 21st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, thenget engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally make a trip to Peace Flame.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima planning tool.

Newark, USA to Hiroshima is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Newark to Hiroshima due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Newark in March; daily highs in Hiroshima reach °F and lows reach °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 21:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple

2
nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tochoji Temple, thenget engrossed in the history at Fukuoka City Museum, thenget to know the fascinating history of Yoshinogari Historical Park, and finally get engrossed in the history at Mizukikan. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Onojo Cocoro no Furusatokan City Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanzoin, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miyajidake Shrine, and finally get engrossed in the history at Munakata Shrine.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Fukuoka travel planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Mizukikan, Miyajidake Shrine, Nanzoin, Munakata Shrine, Yoshinogari Historical Park
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Kushida Shrine ©
Kushida Shrine
Munakata Shrine ©
Munakata Shrine
Fukuoka City Museum ©
Fukuoka City Museum

1
night
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): head off the coast to Iriomote Island, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Hoshisuna Beach, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima visit app.

Getting from Fukuoka to Iriomote-jima by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Fukuoka in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Iriomote-jima, with highs around °F, while nights are much hotter with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Iriomote Island ©
Iriomote Island

1
night
Ishigaki

Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
On the 25th (Wed), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get outside with Cape Hirakubozaki, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, and finally get outside with Kondoi Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ishigaki online trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Iriomote-jima to Ishigaki in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °F in March, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Adventure Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach

1
night
Miyakojima

Miyakojima ©
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 26th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Sunayama Beach, kick back and relax at Aragusuku Beach, thenhead outdoors with Yonaha Maehama Beach, thentake in the views from Irabu Ohashi, and finally head outdoors with Toguchi no Hama.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Miyakojima day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Ishigaki to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Wakayama.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach
Aragusuku Beach ©
Aragusuku Beach

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night
Wakayama

Wakayama ©
Split into two parts by the Kinokawa River, the city of Wakayama stands nestled in the eponymous plain, overlooked by a historic hilltop castle that was rebuilt after World War II.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Houndo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kimiidera Temple, thenget to know the fascinating history of Teramachi Street, and finally step into the grandiose world of Wakayama Castle.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Wakayama trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Miyakojima to Wakayama by flight takes about 5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Miyakojima in March, with highs in Wakayama at °F and lows at °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Shingu.

Things to do in Wakayama

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Kimiidera Temple ©
Kimiidera Temple
Wakayama Castle ©
Wakayama Castle

1
night
Shingu

Shingu ©
Shingū is a city located in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Kushima-Suzushima, see the interesting displays at Sato Haruo Memoria Museum, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hayatama Taisha, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Shingu Inosawa Ukijima Plant Community.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Shingu trip planner.

Traveling by car from Wakayama to Shingu takes 3 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Shingu can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Nara.

Things to do in Shingu

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Kamikura Shrine ©
Kamikura Shrine
Kumano Hayatama Taisha ©
Kumano Hayatama Taisha
Sato Haruo Memoria Museum ©
Sato Haruo Memoria Museum

1
night
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Byodoin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nara trip planner.

Drive from Shingu to Nara in 3.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Byodoin
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Byodoin ©
Byodoin

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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.
On the 30th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, thenponder the world of politics at Mint Museum, thenvisit Minami (Namba), and finally take a stroll through Dotombori District.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka vacation maker app.

Getting from Nara to Osaka by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In March in Osaka, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Minami (Namba) ©
Minami (Namba)

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Miho Museum, steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, thenwander the streets of Gion, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kyoto visit planner.

Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Nakatsugawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Miho Museum
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 1:
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Gion
Gion

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Nakatsugawa

Nakatsugawa ©
Nakatsugawa is a city located in the Tōnō region of Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Nakasendo History Museum, get engrossed in the history at Toson Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Nakasendo Magome-juku, thentrek along Nakasendo Tsumagojuku, thensee the interesting displays at Magome Wakihonjin Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Nakatsugawa Naegi Toyama Shiryokan.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Nakatsugawa day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nakatsugawa takes 3 hours. When traveling from Kyoto in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Nakatsugawa: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nakatsugawa

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Nakasendo Tsumagojuku
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Toson Memorial Museum ©
Toson Memorial Museum
Nakasendo Magome-juku ©
Nakasendo Magome-juku
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku ©
Nakasendo Tsumagojuku

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night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 3rd (Fri), steep yourself in history at Oyama Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, examine the collection at D. T. Suzuki Museum, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, and finally visit Nagamachi Neighborhood.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa attractions planning tool.

Traveling by car from Nakatsugawa to Kanazawa takes 4 hours. Traveling from Nakatsugawa in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kanazawa, with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Oyama Shrine ©
Oyama Shrine
D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum
Nagamachi Neighborhood ©
Nagamachi Neighborhood

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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.
Appreciate the collections at Ghibli Museum Mitaka and Samurai Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 and Tokyo National Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple (in Narita) and Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum (in Koganei). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Ueno District, stop by Yanaka District, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and steep yourself in history at Hie Jinjya.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online travel planner.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, Yokohama Minato Mirai 21
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Ghibli Museum Mitaka ©
Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 ©
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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