24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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24 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 15 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Suwa
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
End: Tokyo

15
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Mount Fuji, Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou, Gotokuji Temple, and other attractions. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sensō-ji and Hase-dera Temple. Visiting Pola Museum of Art and Mt. Takao will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Chikurin Park (in Higashikurume), Yokohama Nature Sanctuary (in Sakae) and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine (in Kamakura). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Mt. Kumotori, head off the coast to Enoshima Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), and take in the dramatic scenery at Fudo Falls.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo journey website .

If you are flying in from New Zealand, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. In March in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Yokohama, Kamakura, Urayasu, Mount Fuji, Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi
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Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

3
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.
Gion has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Tofuku-ji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally wander the streets of Gion.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kyoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Tofuku-ji Temple ©
Tofuku-ji Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kimiidera Temple, Pinpoint Traveler, Osaka Castle Park, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kimiidera Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Rokko, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, then contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and finally shop like a local with Dotonbori. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of local nightlife at Pinpoint Traveler, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, examine the collection at Mint Museum, then admire the verdant scenery at Arima Onsen, and finally make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner .

Osaka is just a short distance from Kyoto. In March, daytime highs in Osaka are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Nightlife Tours

Side Trips

Nara, Kobe, Kimiidera Temple, Koyasan Danjo Garan
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

2
nights
Suwa

Suwa ©
A city on the shores of an eponymous lake, Suwa offers natural attractions, like hot springs, as well as cultural events.
Takashima Castle has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Takashima Castle, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Miyasaka Brewery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suwa Shrine, and finally take a peaceful walk through Yachiho Highland Natural Garden. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Takabotchi Highlands, contemplate the long history of Hiraide Ichirizuka, and then get to know the fascinating history of Naraijuku.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Suwa road trip planner.

Getting from Osaka to Suwa by car takes about 5 hours. When traveling from Osaka in March, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Suwa: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Suwa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shiojiri, Yachiho Highland Natural Garden, Jiunji Temple
Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 1:
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Suwa Shrine ©
Suwa Shrine
Naraijuku ©
Naraijuku
Takashima Castle
Takashima Castle

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