23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Doha
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
train:  5​h 45​min
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
4
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
6
Kyoto
— 7 nights
train + Fly:  15​h
End: Doha

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Urayasu (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu, engage your brain at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Miraikan, stop by The Tsukiji Market, and admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

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Doha, Qatar to Tokyo is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Doha to Tokyo is 6 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Doha in December: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 14°C and lows are around 5°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Fri) before leaving for Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 22:
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Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 22nd (Fri), explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) and then take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and then cool off at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hakone-machi online visit planner .

Getting from Tokyo to Hakone-machi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Hakone-machi, with lows of 10°C. On the 24th (Sun), you're off toHiroshima.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Baths Spas Theme Parks
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
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Hakone Kowakien Yunessun ©
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) ©
Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)

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.
On the 24th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden and then explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Miyajima.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hakone-machi to Hiroshima takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Hakone-machi in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Hiroshima, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

1
night
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 27th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, take in the views from Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, then take some stellar pictures from Awaji Hanasajiki, and finally make a trip to Awaji Highway Oasis. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Himeji City Tegarayama Botanical Garden, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then contemplate the long history of Yoshitake Shrine, then admire the natural beauty at Kokoen Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Otemae Street.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Himeji road trip tool .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Himeji are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Awaji, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Awaji Hanasajiki ©
Awaji Hanasajiki
Awaji Highway Oasis ©
Awaji Highway Oasis

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.
Universal Studios Japan has been added to your itinerary. On the 29th (Fri), make a trip to Dotonbori and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then get in on the family fun at Spa World, and then meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip planning app .

Drive from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Osaka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Baths Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
SpaWorld ©
SpaWorld

7
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.
Family-friendly places like Toei Kyoto Studio Park and Suzuka Circuit will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Kiyomizu-dera, explore the historical opulence of Nijo-jo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Nishiki Market.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip builder website .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In December, daytime highs in Kyoto are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Suzuka Circuit
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 6:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Toei Kyoto Studio Park ©
Toei Kyoto Studio Park
Monkey Park Iwatayama ©
Monkey Park Iwatayama

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