23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Kagoshima
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  25​h
End: Mexico City

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.
You'll explore and learn at Pola Museum of Art and Nezu Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Nezu Shrine and Asakusa Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Fuji), Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kencho-ji Temple, & more) and Lalique Museum Hakone (in Hakone-machi). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Fire Museum, wander the streets of Ueno, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitsumine Shrine, and steep yourself in history at Hozomon.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online trip maker .

Mexico City, Mexico to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 15 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Mexico City in April: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kamakura, Hakone-machi, Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja
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Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Head to Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center and Amanatto Kawamurafor plenty of shopping. Ainokura Gassho Community and Shirakawago will appeal to history buffs. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road (in Hakusan), Gokayama (in Nanto) and Kanda house (in Shirakawa-mura). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kazuemachi Tea House Street, examine the collection at Ochaya Art Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fudosonkorin Temple, and view the masterpieces at Kanazawa Art Gummi.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Tokyo to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kanazawa when traveling from Tokyo in April, with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Nanto, Shirakawa-mura, Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road
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Fudosonkorin Temple ©
Fudosonkorin Temple
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Gokayama ©
Gokayama

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): kick back and relax at Kujirahama Beach, don't miss a visit to Kinomatsushima Island, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then contemplate the waterfront views at Nachi Forest, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Soo-ji Temple, identify plant and animal life at Shingu Inosawa Ukijima Plant Community, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nachikatsura-cho trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Kanazawa to Nachikatsura-cho in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nachikatsura-cho, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Shingu, Kujirahama Beach
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Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple
Hirou Shrine ©
Hirou 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Kinkaku-ji and Tenryuji Temple will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Nigatsu-do Temple (in Nara), Omiwa Shrine (in Sakurai) and Koyasan Okunoin (in Koya-cho). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Hikone Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kodai-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto trip maker website .

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nachikatsura-cho in April since evenings lows in Kyoto dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Ise Shrine Geku, Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), Omiwa Shrine, Hikone Castle, Koyasan Okunoin
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Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.
Get outdoors at Miyajima and Mikasahama Beach. Daishoin Temple and Mitaki Temple will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, & more) and JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum
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JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take in the pleasant sights at Sengan-en, admire the masterpieces at Nagashima Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Kagoshima City Museum of Art, then get impressive views of Sakurajima, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa. On the next day, learn about all things military at Chiran Peace Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Chiran Heiwa Park, then examine the collection at Museum of the Meiji Restoration, then browse the different shops at AMU PLAZA KAGOSHIMA, and finally view the masterpieces at Iso Kogeikan.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kagoshima online road trip planner .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Kagoshima in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Minamikyushu
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Chiran Peace Museum ©
Chiran Peace Museum
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Museum of the Meiji Restoration ©
Museum of the Meiji Restoration

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