19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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Motobu-cho
— 3 nights
2
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
3
Himeji
— 3 nights
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
5
Tokyo
— 5 nights

3
nights
Motobu-cho

Motobu-cho ©
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Bring the kids along to Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and Daisekirinzan. For shopping fun, head to Yomitan Village Traditional Craft Art Center or Onna Station Nakayukui Market. Venture out of the city with trips to Scuba & Snorkeling (in Onna-son), Busena Marine Park (in Nago) and Gallirallus Okinawae Learning Center (in Kunigami-son). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Nakijin Castle Ruins, get outside with Emerald Beach, snap pictures at Kouri Ohashi, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Okichan Theater.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Motobu-cho trip itinerary builder.

Auckland, New Zealand to Motobu-cho is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is minus 3 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Auckland in December since evenings lows in Motobu-cho dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Onna-son, Nakijin-son, Kunigami-son, Busena Marine Park, Yomitan Village Traditional Craft Art Center
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Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium ©
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nakijin Castle Ruins ©
Nakijin Castle Ruins

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): head off the coast to Miyajima, then contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, and then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary website.

Getting from Motobu-cho to Hiroshima by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Motobu-cho in December, things will get little chillier in Hiroshima: highs are around 13°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

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

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nights
Himeji

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.
Kids will enjoy Himeji Castle and Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown). Do some cultural sightseeing at ART NOMURA and Kobe Harborland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Himeji: Jodoji Temple (in Ono) and Bizen (Hattoji Furusatomura, Otabu Gyoko Genroku Bohatei, &more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine, and take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Himeji trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bizen, Kobe, Takasago, Jodoji Temple
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Do your shopping at Dotombori District and Bento&co Kyoto Store. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Daimaru Museum Umeda (in Osaka), Minami (Namba) (in Namba) and Nara (Nigatsu-do Temple, Nara Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and get to know the fascinating history of Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip tool.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Senso-ji Temple and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Head to Ginza and Takeshita Streetfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Maihama (Ikspiari, Tokyo DisneySea, &more). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, look for gifts at Kama-Asa Shoten, wander the streets of Asakusa, and explore the wide array of goods at Ginza Mitsukoshi.

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Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland

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