23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Sendai
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 3 nights
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Tokyo
— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Asakusa Shrine and Nezu Shrine. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) and Senso-ji Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamakura (Kencho-ji Temple, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, &more). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to KidZania Tokyo, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum The Heiseikan, and take in the architecture and design of University of Tokyo.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Auckland in May, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 15 — 18:
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Must see
Nezu Shrine
4.4
Must see
Kencho-ji Temple
4.5

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Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
On the 19th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Zuihoden, learn more about the world around you at Tohoku University of Natural History, look and learn at Sendai Astronomical Observatory, then engage your brain at 3M Sendai Science Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rinnoji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kosho-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): stroll around Michinoku Lakeside National Government Park and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Atago Jinja Shrine.

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Traveling by train from Tokyo to Sendai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in May: highs in Sendai hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Sendai

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 18 — 20:
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History Museum
Zuihoden
4.0
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Religious Site
Rinnoji Temple
4.3

4
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Nijo Castle. Popular historic sites such as Kinkaku-ji and Ninna-ji Temple are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki), contemplate the long history of Keage Incline, examine the collection at Kyoto Railway Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kyoto, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Sendai to Kyoto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Sendai in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 20 — 24:
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Must see
Ninna-ji Temple
4.5
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Must see
Nijo Castle
4.3

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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.
Get some historical perspective at Horyu-ji Temple and Toshodai-ji Temple. Kids will enjoy Muroji Temple and Osaka. Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Koya-cho (Koyasan Danjo Garan & Kongobu-ji Temple), Kinpusenji Temple (in Yoshino-cho) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple & Nigatsu-do Temple). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, take a stroll through Dotombori District, don't miss a visit to Hōzen-ji Temple, and steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip tool.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Osaka sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 23 — 27:
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Must see
Kongobu-ji Temple
4.6

3
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Daishoin Temple. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Itsukushima Shrine Torii and Mazda Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Mikasahama Beach, Itsukushima Shrine, &more) and JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, view the masterpieces at Schmoe House, and appreciate the history behind Peace Flame.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima online tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. May in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 27 — 30:
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Daishoin Temple
4.6
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Must see
JMSDF Kure Museum
4.5
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Must see
Mitaki Temple
4.8

3
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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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): explore the world behind art at Okada Museum of Art, explore the world behind art at Hakone Museum of Art, then explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and finally trek along Hakone Stone‐paved Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then examine the collection at Lalique Museum Hakone, and then get engrossed in the history at Hakone Shrine.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi route maker tool.

Getting from Hiroshima to Hakone-machi by combination of train and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Hiroshima in May, you will find days in Hakone-machi are a bit cooler (21°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Tokyo.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 2:
Highlights from your trip
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Art Museum
Okada Museum of Art
4.1
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Art Museum
Hakone Museum of Art
4.4
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Specialty Museum
Lalique Museum Hakone
4.2

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Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Get some cultural insight at Nezu Museum and Naritasan Omote Sando. Attractions like Kamogawa Sea World and Toshogu Shrine make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Mt. Takao in Hachioji--about 52 minutes away. See even more of Tokyo: steep yourself in history at Hozomon, take in the exciting artwork at teamLab Borderless, take an in-depth tour of Kanda Myojin, and examine the collection at Fire Museum.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo holiday website.

Getting from Hakone-machi to Tokyo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in June, you will find days in Tokyo are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 2 — 5:
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Nezu Museum
4.5
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History Museum
Kanda Myojin
4.2
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Historic Site
Hozomon
4.5

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