24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

24 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
bus + train:  5​h 45​min
3
Nikko
— 1 night
train:  5​h 30​min
4
Kusatsu-machi
— 1 night
train:  5​h 30​min
5
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Takayama
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
7
Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Kanazawa
— 1 night
9
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
10
Koya-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
11
Himeji
— Few hours
train:  1​h
12
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
13
Matsuyama
— 1 night
Fly + train:  4​h
14
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
15
Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London

4
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 Tokyo Character Street, Pokemon Center Tokyo DX, Akihabara, and other attractions. Get some cultural insight at Sensō-ji and Takeshita Street. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online trip itinerary planner .

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Tokyo. Traveling from London in September, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Ginza ©
Ginza

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba, go for a walk through Lake Kawaguchi, then admire the masterpieces at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, then examine the collection at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kawaguchi Sengen Shrine.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi day trip website .

Drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tokyo in September: highs in Fujikawaguchiko-machi hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nikko.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Museums Nature Parks
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum ©
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum ©
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum

1
night
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
On the 11th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikko Tosho-gu, then steep yourself in history at Taiyuimbyo Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Nikko Futarasan jinja, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Ryuzu Waterfall.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nikko day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Nikko takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in September, you will find days in Nikko are a bit warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Kusatsu-machi.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Nikko Futarasan jinja ©
Nikko Futarasan jinja

1
night
Kusatsu-machi

Kusatsu-machi ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then contemplate the long history of Netsunoyu.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kusatsu-machi trip planning website .

Getting from Nikko to Kusatsu-machi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kusatsu-machi when traveling from Nikko in September, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kusatsu-machi

Nature Parks Spas
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane ©
Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane

1
night
Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): make a trip to Matsumoto Castle, then wander the streets of Nawate Shopping District, then wander the streets of Nakamachi Street, and finally contemplate the long history of Yohashira Shrine.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Matsumoto trip builder .

You can drive from Kusatsu-machi to Matsumoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September in Matsumoto, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Yohashira Shrine ©
Yohashira Shrine
Nakamachi Street ©
Nakamachi Street

few
hours
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.
On the 14th (Sat), hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, and then contemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Takayama route planner.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. September in Takayama sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Takayama

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

1
night
Shirakawa-mura

Shirakawa-mura
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Shirakawa-mura road trip planner.

Getting from Takayama to Shirakawa-mura by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, make a trip to Higashichaya Old Town, then examine the collection at Ochaya Art Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Gongenmori Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Shirakawa-mura to Kanazawa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Gongenmori Beach
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, get a taste of the local shopping with Dotonbori, and then wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Kanazawa to Osaka by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can take a train to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

1
night
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Koyasan Daimon, don't miss a visit to Koyasan Danjo Garan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Okunoin.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Koya-cho trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Osaka to Koya-cho by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In September in Koya-cho, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Himeji.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple

few
hours
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle.

Plan a Himeji trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Koya-cho to Himeji takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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 18th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Hiroshima Red Cross Hospital Workers Monument and then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima road trip planning website .

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Mashike Itsukushima Shrine
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Miyajima ©
Miyajima
Hiroshima Castle ©
Hiroshima Castle

1
night
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishiteji, then wander the streets of Dogo Onsengai, then stop by Dogo Onsen Kanko Kaikan, and finally make a trip to Dogo Onsen Station.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Matsuyama visit planner .

Drive from Hiroshima to Matsuyama in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Ishiteji ©
Ishiteji
Isaniwa Shrine ©
Isaniwa Shrine

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Fuuka-Kimono and Yase Momiji no Komichi. Get a sense of the local culture at Gion and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip maker website .

You can fly from Matsuyama to Kyoto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Enjoy Tokyo some more: wander the streets of Odaiba and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Parks
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Similar Plans

25 days in Japan BY A USER FROM ISRAEL July, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 28 days in Japan BY A USER FROM ISRAEL July, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 25 days in Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 26 days in South Korea & Japan BY A USER FROM ECUADOR May, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 28 days in Japan BY A USER FROM INDIA June, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 27 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 27 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 28 days in Japan BY A USER FROM CHINA June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 28 days in Japan BY A USER FROM CHINA June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 26 days in Japan BY A USER FROM ISRAEL September, culture, outdoors, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 26 days in Japan BY A USER FROM ISRAEL July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 26 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, relaxing, historic sites, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans