23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
3
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
4
Nara
— 2 nights
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
6
Himeji
— 2 nights
7
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
8
Nagasaki
— 1 night
9
Osaka
— 2 nights

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, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo tour itinerary builder tool.

Brisbane, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brisbane to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in March, expect Tokyo to be colder, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba, examine the collection at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, explore the world behind art at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, thenexplore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, and finally make a trip to Kawaguchiko Station Bldg..

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip maker site.

You can drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in March, you will find days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi are little chillier (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Museums Nature Parks
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Itchiku Kubota Art Museum ©
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba ©
Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, Wada House, &more). There's much more to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, and take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, read Kanazawa road trip planning app.

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in March: highs in Kanazawa hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

2
nights
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 16th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple 5 Stories Pagoda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, thenstroll around Nara Park, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Byodoin, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, steep yourself in history at Yoshikien, thenpause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Daibutsuden.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nara trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Kanazawa to Nara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kanazawa in March since evenings lows in Nara dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Byodoin
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and make a trip to Nijo Castle.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip maker.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nara in March, expect slightly colder with lows of °C in Kyoto. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): go for a walk through Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and finally make a trip to Otemae Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagoyama Reien Busharito, steep yourself in history at Ruins of Akashi Castle, kick back and relax at Amore Beach, thentake in the views from Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, thenget great views at Awajihanasajiki, and finally get answers to all your questions at Awaji Highway Oasis.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Himeji itinerary maker app.

Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Himeji, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Akashi, Awaji, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge ©
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Paddle Park, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and make a trip to Okonomimura.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daytime highs in Hiroshima are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

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
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.
To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nagasaki trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Nagasaki sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. On the 27th (Sat), you'll travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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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.
On the 27th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, thendon't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, and finally take a stroll through Dotombori District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan and then enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Nagasaki to Osaka takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Osaka are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

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