23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 1 night
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Ise
— Few hours
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Nagoya
— 1 night
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Takayama
— 1 night
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Koya-cho
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Himeji
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 4 nights

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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.
On the 19th (Sat), explore the world behind art at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT, then admire the masterpieces at Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, and then make a trip to Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary builder site.

New York City, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Tokyo is 14 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ise.

Things to do in Tokyo

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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.
You've now added Naiku Kaguraden to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Naiku Kaguraden.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ise itinerary builder site.

Getting from Tokyo to Ise by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Tokyo in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Ise, with lows around 66°F. On the 20th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Ise

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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.
For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nagoya tour planner.

You can drive from Ise to Nagoya in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Ise in October, plan for little chillier nights in Nagoya, with lows around 61°F. On the 21st (Mon), you're off to Takayama.

Things to do in Nagoya

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Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, learn and have fun at Daiou-ji Temple, visit Sanmachi Suji, then look for gifts at Harada Sake Brewery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hida Ichinomiya Mizunashi Shrine, and finally see the interesting displays at Hikaru Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses and then learn more about the world around you at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato).

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Takayama sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Takayama are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Neighborhoods

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Lesson / Workshop
Daiou-ji Temple
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Specialty Museum
Takayama Showa Museum
4.3

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 22nd (Tue), steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, stop by Sakuda Honten, then buy something for everyone on your list at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Natadera Temple, and finally step into the grandiose world of Maruoka Castle.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip planning website.

Getting from Takayama to Kanazawa by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 56°F. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Castle
Maruoka Castle
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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 a sense of the local culture at Kinkaku-ji and Daikaku-ji. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kitano Tenmangu Shrine and Sanzen-in Temple. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hosenin, and admire the landmark architecture of Ninna-ji Temple.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kyoto online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Wildlife

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Religious Site
Kennin-ji Temple
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Religious Site
Sanzen-in Temple
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Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tateriko Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saito, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koyasan Okunoin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Torodo Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-in Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryusen-in Temple. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shojoshin-in Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumagai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jokiin, steep yourself in history at Rokkaku Kyozo, then admire the striking features of Koyasan Kondomae, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongosanmaiin.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Koya-cho trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Kyoto to Koya-cho by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Koya-cho are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Koya-cho

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Religious Site
Torodo Temple
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Historic Site
Rokkaku Kyozo
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Religious Site
Kongosanmaiin
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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 30th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, then head off the coast to Miyajima, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku, and finally steep yourself in history at To no Oka. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach, then stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo, and finally see the interesting displays at JMSDF Kure Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima travel route builder tool.

You can take a train from Koya-cho to Hiroshima in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and ferry. October in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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Must see
Senjokaku
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Must see
JMSDF Kure Museum
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Must see
Mitaki Temple
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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 1st (Fri): get outside with Mt Shosha hiking, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and then examine the collection at Japan Toy Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Katashibo Bamboo Forest, examine the collection at Tegarayama Exchange Station, then admire the striking features of Hiromine Shrine, then look for gifts at Yamasa Kamaboko Yumesenkan, and finally admire the natural beauty at Koko-en.

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You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Himeji, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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Must see
Himeji Castle
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Specialty Museum
Japan Toy Museum
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Architectural Building
Hiromine Shrine
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda and Nigatsu-do Temple. Get some cultural insight at Dotombori District and Horyu-ji Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Nara Park, Kofuku-ji Temple, &more), Hase-dera Temple (in Sakurai) and Arima Onsen (in Kobe). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, look for gifts at Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka, and explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Osaka trip planner.

Take a train from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Baths

Side Trips

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Castle
Osaka Castle
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World heritage site
Horyu-ji Temple
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World heritage site
Toshodai-ji Temple
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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Appreciate the collections at Nezu Museum and Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Asakusa Shrine and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Mitsumine Shrine (in Chichibu), Oyama Afuri Shrine (in Isehara) and Hakone-machi (Pola Museum of Art & Hakone Museum of Art). See even more of Tokyo: contemplate the long history of Hozomon, wander the streets of Odaiba District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hie Jinjya, and stop by Kagurazaka.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tokyo online trip planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Tokyo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trips

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Must see
Asakusa Shrine
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National Park
Pola Museum of Art
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