24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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24 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
train:  4​h 30​min
2
Ise
— Few hours
train:  2​h
3
Nagoya
— 1 night
train:  3​h
4
Takayama
— 1 night
train:  4​h
5
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
6
Kyoto
— 4 nights
+2
train + subway + train:  4​h 30​min
7
Koya-cho
— 1 night
+2
train + subway + train:  6​h
8
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
9
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
10
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
11
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  28​h 30​min
End: New York City

1
night
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.
Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tokyo trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

New York City, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Tokyo is 14 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Sun) before leaving for Ise.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 20:

few
hours
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ise Grand Shrine as well as Ise Shrine Geku. On the 20th (Sun), get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Ise day trip website .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Ise takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Tokyo in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 66°F in Ise. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Ise Shrine Geku ©
Ise Shrine Geku
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya travel itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Ise to Nagoya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Ise in October, plan for little chillier nights in Nagoya, with lows around 61°F. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Takayama.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 21:

1
night
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jinya-Mae Morning Market, Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market and Higashiyama Walking Course. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Higashiyama Walking Course. Keep things going the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market and then look for gifts at Jinya-Mae Morning Market.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Takayama online trip maker .

You can drive from Nagoya to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Takayama, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 57°F at night. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Shopping Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market ©
Higashiyama Walking Course ©
Higashiyama Walking Course

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ninja Temple, Kanazawa Castle and Kenrokuen Garden.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa visit planner .

You can drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 56°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Thu) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Ninja Temple ©
Ninja Temple
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden

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.
To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kyoto day trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in October, and nighttime lows around 60°F. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Mon) before leaving for Koya-cho.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 28:

1
night
Koya-cho

Koya-cho
To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Koya-cho trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Koya-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 63°F. On the 29th (Tue), you'll travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 29:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Mikasahama Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Miyajima. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hiroshima itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Koya-cho to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Miyajima ©
Miyajima

2
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.
To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Himeji sightseeing tool .

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in October, and nighttime lows around 64°F. You'll set off for Osaka on the 2nd (Sat).

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 2:

3
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.
To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka attractions planner .

Traveling by train from Himeji to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 48°F. You will leave for Tokyo on the 5th (Tue).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 5:

4
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo
To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo tour planner.

Getting from Osaka to Tokyo by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. On the 9th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 9:

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