23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
5
Tokyo
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
7
Koya-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Kumano
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Ise
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
10
Nagoya
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
11
Tokyo
— 4 nights
End: Tokyo

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take a stroll through Odaiba and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo travel itinerary planner .

If you are flying in from Uruguay, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. You'll set off for Kanazawa on the 19th (Sun).

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

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.
Shirakawago has been added to your itinerary. On the 19th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, and then steep yourself in history at Higashichaya Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Shirakawago, steep yourself in history at Suganuma Gassho Community, and then wander the streets of Gokayama.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Kanazawa. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Nanto, Shirakawago
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Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Shirakawago ©
Shirakawago
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community

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.
Popular historic sites such as Kinkaku-ji and Mt. Kurama are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gion and Kamogawa River. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Omimaiko Beach (in Otsu), Lake Biwa Museum (in Kusatsu) and Wakasa History Museum (in Obama). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Kyoto Railway Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Yase Momiji no Komichi, get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Biwa.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner .

Take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Otsu, Wakasa History Museum, Metasequoia Namiki, Lake Biwa, Lake Biwa Museum
Find places to stay May 21 — 24:
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple ©
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Mt. Kurama ©
Mt. Kurama

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima visit planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay May 24 — 26:
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Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Get a sense of the local culture at Tokyo National Museum and Nezu Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yanaka and Marunouchi. Have a day of magic on the 26th (Sun) at Tokyo Disneyland. Explore Tokyo further: see the interesting displays at Edo-Tokyo Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take a stroll through Asakusa, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo vacation builder website .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Tokyo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Find places to stay May 26 — 30:
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): examine the collection at CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA, examine the collection at Mint Museum, then see the interesting displays at Kids Plaza Osaka, and finally wander the streets of Dotonbori. On your second day here, examine the collection at UCC Coffee Museum, see the interesting displays at Kawasaki Good Times World, and then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip maker site .

Getting from Tokyo to Osaka by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Kobe, CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 1:
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Mint Museum ©
Mint Museum
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA ©
CUPNOODLES MUSEUM OSAKA IKEDA
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

1
night
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
On the 2nd (Sun), examine the collection at Koyasan Reihokan Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Okunoin.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Koya-cho trip planner .

You can take a train from Osaka to Koya-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daily temperatures in Koya-cho can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Kumano.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Koyasan Reihokan Museum ©
Koyasan Reihokan Museum

1
night
Kumano

Kumano ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hanano Iwaya Caves, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shichiri Mihama Beach, don't miss a visit to Maruyama Senmai Rice Field, steep yourself in history at Ruins of Akagi Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ubuta Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Daiuma Shrine.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kumano driving holiday planning tool .

Drive from Koya-cho to Kumano in 3.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ise.

Things to do in Kumano

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Shichiri Mihama Beach
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Ubuta Shrine ©
Ubuta Shrine
Shichiri Mihama Beach ©
Shichiri Mihama Beach

1
night
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, steep yourself in history at Izawanomiya, steep yourself in history at Hinjitsukan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine, then examine the collection at Okageza, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ise Shrine Geku.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ise trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kumano to Ise takes 2 hours. June in Ise sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Izawanomiya
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Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine
Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine ©
Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, then see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then explore the activities along Yamazaki River, and finally take a stroll through Osu Shopping Street.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya trip builder app .

Getting from Ise to Nagoya by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In June, daytime highs in Nagoya are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagoya

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Yamazaki River ©
Yamazaki River
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Step off the beaten path and head to The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (Edo Castle Ruin) and Ueno. You'll explore and learn at Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Explore Tokyo further: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take a stroll through Ginza, shop like a local with Asakusa, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo online route planner .

You can take a train from Nagoya to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 9:
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Akihabara ©
Akihabara
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

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