23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly:  12​h
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Nagoya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
6
Nara
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Koya-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
9
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  5​h
10
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Vienna

6
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Tokyo Sea Life Park, Edo-Tokyo Museum, and other attractions you added. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, appreciate the extensive heritage of Imperial Palace, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo vacation builder tool .

Vienna, Austria to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vienna to Tokyo is 8 hours. Traveling from Vienna in August, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Kamakura
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Nagoya Castle has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, then wander the streets of Osu Shopping Street, and then take in panoramic vistas at Nagoya TV Tower.

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Getting from Tokyo to Nagoya by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Nagoya are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites
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Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Osu Shopping Street ©
Osu Shopping Street
Nagoya TV Tower ©
Nagoya TV Tower

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.
On the 29th (Wed), enjoy breathtaking views from Shirakawago Shiroyama Observatory Deck, take an in-depth tour of Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then take in the exciting artwork at Fujii Art Gallery (Fujii Bijutsu Mingei-Kan), and finally wander the streets of Sanmachi Suji.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Takayama trip maker app .

Drive from Nagoya to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Takayama are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen
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Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, make a trip to Omicho Market, then take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, then step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. August in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, classes, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo-jo Castle.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Kyoto tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Kyoto sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

1
day
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.
On the 6th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, then examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nara trip planner.

Nara is very close to Kyoto. September in Nara sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

1
night
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Koya-cho journey planner .

You can drive from Nara to Koya-cho in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In September in Koya-cho, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites
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Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cup Noodle Mueseum in Osaka, Ikeda.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Osaka online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Koya-cho to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September in Osaka, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA ©
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA

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 9th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then make a trip to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine and then head off the coast to Miyajima.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary builder .

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo
To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Hiroshima to Tokyo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll set off for home on the 12th (Wed).

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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