23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
2
Nagoya
— 2 nights
3
Kyoto
— 1 night
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
5
Himeji
— 2 nights
6
Matsuyama
— 1 night
7
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
8
Kitakyushu
— 1 night
9
Fukuoka
— 1 night
10
Kumamoto
— 1 night
11
Kagoshima
— 4 nights

2
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Food Tours and Asakusa Shrine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal (in Yokohama) and Kinchakuda Manjushage Park (in Hidaka). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at teamLab☆Planets, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Observatory, Seaside Top, and admire the natural beauty at Kiyosumi Teien.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tokyo online day trip planner.

Paris, France to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in September; daily highs in Tokyo reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trips

Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal, Kinchakuda Manjushage Park
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 6:
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Kinchakuda Manjushage Park ©
Kinchakuda Manjushage Park
Food Tours
teamLab☆Planets ©
teamLab☆Planets

2
nights
Nagoya

Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Nagoya Shisei Shiryokan, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, make a trip to Osu Shopping Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, thenobserve the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Nagoya TV Tower.

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You can take a train from Tokyo to Nagoya in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Nagoya can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Tours Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Osu Shopping Street ©
Osu Shopping Street

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, thendon't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and finally explore the activities along Kamogawa River.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kyoto vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Nagoya, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Tours Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Kamogawa River ©
Kamogawa River
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): stroll around Nakanoshima Park, thenstep into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Mint Museum and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Osaka day trip website.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Osaka are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Tours Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Mint Museum ©
Mint Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): examine the collection at Japan Toy Museum, contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and finally don't miss a visit to Nishi no Maru Nagatsubone. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagoyama Reien Busharito, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hiromine Shrine, take in the pleasant sights at Otokoyama Haisuiike Park, thencontemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, and finally don't miss a visit to Sunken Garden, Castle Garden.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Himeji planning app.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Spas
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

1
night
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, take a stroll through Dogo Onsengai, make a trip to Shinrokaku, don't miss a visit to Bocchan Wind up Clock, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Tsubaki Shrine, and finally examine the collection at Itami Juzo Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Matsuyama online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Himeji to Matsuyama in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites Spas Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Bocchan Wind up Clock ©
Bocchan Wind up Clock
Tsubaki Shrine ©
Tsubaki Shrine

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, thensteep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, thenappreciate the history behind Peace Bell, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, thenpause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound, thenrelax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Motoyasu River.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online trip maker.

Traveling by ferry from Matsuyama to Hiroshima takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites Spas
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell
Peace Flame ©
Peace Flame

1
night
Kitakyushu

Kitakyushu ©
An important gateway for trade and travel between Honshu and Kyushu, the city of Kitakyushu has an old industrial waterfront and provides access to a number of natural sites across the wider region.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): see the interesting displays at TOTO Museum, make a trip to Mojiko Retro Train Shiokaze, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Old Moji Zeikan, thentake a stroll through Mojiko Retro, and finally contemplate the long history of Old Kyushu Railroad Head Quarters. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): try to win big at Kokura Horse Tracks, don't miss a visit to Sarakurayama Cable Car Parking Lot, head outdoors with Mt Sarakura, thenidentify plant and animal life at Kawachi Reservoir, thenget to know the resident critters at Itozu no Mori Zoological Park, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kokura Castle.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kitakyushu vacation builder app.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kitakyushu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Kitakyushu can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Kokura Castle ©
Kokura Castle
TOTO Museum ©
TOTO Museum
Mojiko Retro ©
Mojiko Retro

1
night
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Nanzoin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kashii-gu, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Hakozaki Shrine, thenadmire the striking features of Hakata Station, and finally browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Shrine, stroll around Yusentei Park, stroll around Ohori Park, thentake in the pleasant sights at Fukuoka Tower, thentake an in-depth tour of Fukuoka City Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Ohorikoen Japanese Garden.

Make your Fukuoka itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Kitakyushu to Fukuoka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Nanzoin
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Hakozaki Shrine ©
Hakozaki Shrine
Hakata Station ©
Hakata Station
Nanzoin ©
Nanzoin

1
night
Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Newspaper Museum, walk around Suizenji Jojuen Garden, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Tetori Church, thenadmire the masterpieces at Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kato Shrine, and finally explore the historical opulence of Kumamoto Castle.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kumamoto holiday planning website.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Kumamoto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September in Kumamoto, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Kato Shrine ©
Kato Shrine
Catholic Tetori Church ©
Catholic Tetori Church

4
nights
Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yunohira Lookout and Museum of the Meiji Restoration. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Sengan-en, take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Shiroyama, don't miss a visit to Tenmonkan, and pause for some photo ops at Saigo Takamori Statue.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kagoshima trip builder.

Traveling by train from Kumamoto to Kagoshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Kagoshima can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Tagayama Park ©
Tagayama Park
Yunohira Lookout ©
Yunohira Lookout
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en

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