24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Train
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Nagoya
— 3 nights
Train
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
Train
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Takayama
— 1 night
Bus
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Train to Kinshicho, Train to Nikko
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Nikko
— 2 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Osaka — 2 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kemasakuranomiya Park and Awajihanasajiki. Change things up with these side-trips from Osaka: Nara (Isuien Garden, Yoshikien, &more) and Awaji (Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park & Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum). The adventure continues: get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, look for gifts at Tower Knives Osaka, and make a trip to The Symphony Hall.

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Busan, South Korea to Osaka is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. In March, daytime highs in Osaka are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.
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Find places to stay Mar 9 — 11:

Kyoto — 5 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kennin-ji Temple and Kyoto Botanical Garden. There's much more to do: make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Kyoto sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 40°F at night. On the 16th (Thu), you'll travel to Nagoya.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 16:

Nagoya — 3 nights

Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Step off the beaten path and head to Atsuta Jingu Shrine and Yamazaki River. Venture out of the city with trips to Satsuki and Mei's House (in Nagakute) and Toyota Kaikan Museum (in Toyota). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street, and visit Nagoya City Agricultural Center.

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Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Nagoya are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Kanazawa.
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Find places to stay Mar 16 — 19:

Kanazawa — 1 night

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): get outside with In Kanazawa House, look for gifts at Amanatto Kawamura, examine the collection at Ninja Weapon Museum, then go for a walk through Gyokusen-immaru Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri.

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Traveling by car from Nagoya to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in March, Kanazawa is slightly colder at night with lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Takayama.
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Shopping · Outdoors · Wildlife · Classes
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 20:

Takayama — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Takayama Jinya, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Funasaka Shuzo Brewery, see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Takayama holiday maker.

Drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.
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Find places to stay Mar 20 — 21:

Fujikawaguchiko-machi — 3 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chureito Pagoda and Arakurayama Sengen Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fujikawaguchiko-machi: Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja (in Fujiyoshida) and Fujinomiya (Lake Tanuki & Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Saiko Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fuji Omuro Sengen Shrine, walk around Oishi Park, and take in the pleasant sights at Lake Kawaguchi.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip maker website.

Getting from Takayama to Fujikawaguchiko-machi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Takayama in March: highs in Fujikawaguchiko-machi hover around 46°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Nikko.
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Find places to stay Mar 21 — 24:

Nikko — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): make a trip to Kanaya Hotel History House, admire the natural beauty at Kohoen Park, and then take in panoramic vistas at Hangetsuyama Obervation Park. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine, explore the activities along Lake Chuzenji, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sainoko Lake, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Nantai.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nikko tour itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Nikko in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Nikko, with highs around 52°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Tokyo.
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Find places to stay Mar 24 — 26:

Tokyo — 6 nights

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 off the beaten path and head to Chidorigafuchi and Waho-An NATURE Tokyo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Narita (Naritasan Omote Sando & Naritasan Park) and Inokashira Park (in Musashino). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Meguro River, take in the spiritual surroundings of Atago Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Akasaka Palace (State Guesthouse), and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

You can take a train from Nikko to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Nikko in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tokyo, with highs around 58°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Mar 26 — Apr 1:

Japan travel guide

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Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.
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