23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Athens
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
train:  3​h
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
4
Shirahama-cho
— 1 night
+2
train + bus + Fly:  8​h
5
Sendai
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Yamagata
— 2 nights
train + bus:  6​h 45​min
7
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Higashiizu-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
9
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Athens

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 list of things to see and do now includes Harajuku Station, Kagurazaka, Kabukicho, and other attractions. There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji and walk around Ueno Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner .

Athens, Greece to Tokyo is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Athens in June, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
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Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
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.
You've added Kamogawa River, Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Gion, and other attractions to your itinerary.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kyoto trip site .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

3
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 Shinsekai, Tennoji Mio Plaza, Hozenji Yokocho, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): wander the streets of Dotonbori. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: catch a live performance at Zepp Osaka Bayside, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then admire the landmark architecture of Umeda Sky Building, and finally make a trip to Shinsekai.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Osaka online itinerary builder .

Osaka is very close to Kyoto. June in Osaka sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Shirahama-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

1
night
Shirahama-cho

Shirahama-cho
A popular resort town with many hot springs and long, man-made white sand beaches, Shirahama-cho draws scores of tourists.
To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Shirahama-cho trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Osaka to Shirahama-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Osaka in July: highs in Shirahama-cho hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 30°C. You will leave for Sendai on the 2nd (Tue).

Things to do in Shirahama-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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2
nights
Sendai

Sendai
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
For maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Sendai road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Shirahama-cho to Sendai takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Shirahama-cho in July, with highs in Sendai at 28°C and lows at 26°C. You will leave for Yamagata on the 4th (Thu).

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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2
nights
Yamagata

Yamagata
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Yamagata trip maker site .

Take a bus from Sendai to Yamagata in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sendai in July, expect nights in Yamagata to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. On the 9th (Tue), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Yamagata

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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1
night
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi journey builder site .

Traveling by car from Yamagata to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Yamagata in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 25°C at night. You'll set off for Higashiizu-cho on the 7th (Sun).

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 7:

1
night
Higashiizu-cho

Higashiizu-cho
To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Higashiizu-cho itinerary app .

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Higashiizu-cho in 3 hours. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Higashiizu-cho, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. You'll set off for Tokyo on the 8th (Mon).

Things to do in Higashiizu-cho

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo
For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Higashiizu-cho to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Higashiizu-cho in July, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). On the 9th (Tue), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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