24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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24 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Zurich
+2
Fly + bus + train:  19​h
1
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
2
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Zurich

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 out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, & more) and Matsuyama (Kashima Kaisuiyokujo, Matsuyama Castle, & more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Atomic Bomb Dome, explore the world behind art at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and steep yourself in history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

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Zurich, Switzerland to Hiroshima is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Zurich to Hiroshima. Traveling from Zurich in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Hiroshima: highs are around 26°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Matsuyama, 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
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.
Explore Himeji's surroundings by going to Shimmaiko Beach (in Tatsuno), Kunimi no Mori Park (in Shiso) and Asago (Takeda Castle Ruins & Awaga Shrine). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, and admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Himeji sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Asago, Mt. Takamikura, Kunimi no Mori Park, Yoneda Taishiji Temple, Shimmaiko Beach
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Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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.
Step out of Kyoto with an excursion to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner .

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Universal Studios Japan
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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
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, & more). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Omicho Market, enjoy the sand and surf at Gongenmori Beach, and wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa vacation maker website .

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Gongenmori Beach
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

3
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 Fujikawaguchiko-machi's surroundings by going to Mt. Fuji 5th Station (in Narusawa-mura) and Suwanomori Nature Park (in Fujiyoshida). Pack the 18th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Fuji-Q Highland. There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji, admire the masterpieces at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, make a trip to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba, and take in nature's colorful creations at Fuji View Hotel Japanese Garden.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Kanazawa in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Fujiyoshida, Mt. Fuji 5th Station, Mount Fuji
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Fuji-Q Highland ©
Fuji-Q Highland

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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 30 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 22nd (Tue) at Tokyo Disneyland. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the striking features of Tokyo Skytree, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tokyo road trip app .

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in October, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 26°C. You will leave for home on the 24th (Thu).

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Urayasu
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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