23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
4
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Mexico City

4
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, get to know the fascinating history of Imperial Palace, and see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner .

Mexico City, Mexico to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Tokyo is 15 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Mexico City in March; daily highs in Tokyo reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Step out of Nagasaki with an excursion to Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sofukuji Temple, admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden, and stroll around Nagao Castle Park.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nagasaki online travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Nagasaki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nagao Castle Park, Huis Ten Bosch
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Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Huis Ten Bosch ©
Huis Ten Bosch
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, & more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, and contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hiroshima sightseeing planner .

You can take a train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

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

3
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.
Explore Himeji's surroundings by going to Daisen Outlook (in Mimasaka), Mt. Kuma (in Bizen) and Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en Garden.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Himeji road trip tool .

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. March in Himeji sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Daisen Outlook, Mt. Kuma, Mt. Takamikura, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planning tool .

Take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, & more). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in March, expect nights in Kanazawa to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are slightly colder, around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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