23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Osaka
train:  30​min
1
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  30​min
2
Osaka
— 6 nights
train:  2​h
3
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
4
Tokyo
— 6 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
End: Osaka

6
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Ise Grand Shrine (in Ise), Nagoya Castle (in Nagoya) and Todai-ji Temple (in Nara). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, and get a taste of the local shopping with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kyoto tour itinerary maker tool .

Osaka to Kyoto is an approximately half hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. September in Kyoto sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Todai-ji Temple, Ise Grand Shrine, Nagoya Castle
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Himeji (Himeji Castle, Koko-en Garden, & more), Koya-cho (Torodo Temple, Koyasan Okunoin, & more) and Nara (Nara Park, Kofuku-ji Temple, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Osaka day trip planner.

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In September, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Himeji, Koya-cho
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

4
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 (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, & more), Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki) and Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Ohara Museum of Art, Okayama Korakuen Garden
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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

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.
Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to The Hakone Open-Air Museum (in Hakone-machi) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum, admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo Disneyland.

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Getting from Hiroshima to Tokyo by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. September in Tokyo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Urayasu, The Hakone Open-Air Museum
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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