24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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24 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Nagoya
Train:  45​min
1
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train:  45​min
2
Himeji
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
5
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
End: Nagoya

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana) and Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, hike along Kyoto Isshu Trail, Higahiyama Fuahimi Inari Course, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kyoto using our trip planner.

Nagoya to Kyoto is an approximately 1-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Nagoya, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 16:
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

3
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mt. Kuma (in Bizen), Daisen Outlook (in Mimasaka) and Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, and take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Himeji tour itinerary planning site .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Himeji, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Daisen Outlook, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Mt. Kuma, Kunimi no Mori Park, Mt. Takamikura
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima road trip planner .

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, & more), Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha (in Hida) and Takayama (Takayama Jinya & Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan)). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Kenrokuen Garden, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Kanazawa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Kanazawa can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Takayama, Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

5
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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 31:
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

4
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Jinchokan Moriya Archives (in Chino), Mt. Mano (in Shizuoka) and Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya). There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Mount Fuji, explore the world behind art at Narukawa Art Museum, explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi, and get great views at Hakone Ropeway.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, ranging from highs of 8°C to lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, Mount Fuji, Jinchokan Moriya Archives, Ikeda museum of 20th century art
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum

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