24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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24 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Bucharest
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Kobe
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Bucharest

2
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 Hiroshima's surroundings by going to Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Gekijyo, Miyajima, & more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Atomic Bomb Dome, contemplate the long history of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hiroshima vacation app .

Bucharest, Romania to Hiroshima is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Bucharest to Hiroshima due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bucharest in October: high temperatures in Hiroshima hover around 26°C and lows are around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

3
nights
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Venture out of the city with trips to Himeji (Koko-en Garden, Himeji Castle, & more) and Unitopia Sasayama (in Sasayama). Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, take a stroll through Chinatown (Nankinmachi), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mudoji Temple, and see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kobe trip itinerary builder site .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kobe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In October in Kobe, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Historic Sites Classes

Side Trips

Himeji, Unitopia Sasayama
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Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nara (Daibutsuden, Todai-ji Temple, & more) and Koya-cho (Koyasan Okunoin, Mt. Koya, & more). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory, examine the collection at Museum of Oriental Ceramics, and meet the residents at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Osaka trip planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kobe. Traveling from Kobe in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Osaka, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nara, Koya-cho
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Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

5
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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Nishiki Market, go for a walk through Arashiyama, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Kyoto trip planner .

Kyoto is just a stone's throw from Osaka. In November in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (in Katsuyama), Sairin-ji Temple (in Hakusan) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, and don't miss a visit to Omicho Market.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kanazawa day trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Sairin-ji Temple
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Omicho Market ©
Omicho Market

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.
Have a day of magic on the 14th (Thu) at Tokyo Disneyland. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo tour planner .

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ©

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