19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Yokohama
— 2 nights
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Matsumoto
— 1 night
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Inuyama
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Fukuyama
— 1 night
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Matsuyama
— 1 night
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Tokyo

— 4 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Arigato Japan Food Tours as well as Ghibli Museum Mitaka. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Shibuya Crossing, walk around Ueno Park, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tokyo sightseeing planner.

New York City, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 14 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in April; daily highs in Tokyo reach 67°F and lows reach 51°F. You will leave for Yokohama on the 7th (Thu).

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Tours · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Yokohama

— 2 nights
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
On the 8th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple Kannondo. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Sankeien Gardens, then admire the striking features of Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, then stroll around Yamashita Park, and finally make a trip to Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Yokohama online road trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Yokohama by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April in Yokohama, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Matsumoto

— 1 night
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.
Kamikochi Imperial Hotel Gift Shop has been added to your itinerary. On the 10th (Sun), look for gifts at Kamikochi Imperial Hotel Gift Shop, take in the pleasant sights at Matsumoto Castle, contemplate the long history of Kaichi Gakko Primary School, then contemplate the long history of Yohashira Shrine, then take a stroll through Nawate Shopping District, and finally visit Nakamachi Street.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Matsumoto tour builder tool.

Take a train from Yokohama to Matsumoto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in April, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Inuyama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Inuyama

— 2 nights
Located on the banks of an important regional river, the inland castle town of Inuyama has long been an important waypoint for merchants and travelers.
On the 11th (Mon), admire the striking features of The Museum Meijimura, don't miss a visit to Little World, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanko Inari Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarutahiko Shrine, then explore the historical opulence of Inuyama Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Inuyama Jokamachi.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Inuyama online journey planner.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Inuyama in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Inuyama are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Inuyama

Museums · Historic Sites

Kyoto

— 3 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Nijo Castle, wander the streets of Gion, and steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Kyoto day trip app.

Getting from Inuyama to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Inuyama in April: highs in Kyoto hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and finally make a trip to Kuromon Market. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Dotombori District, then take in the pleasant sights at Ukiyokoji Street, and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Osaka online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. April in Osaka sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fukuyama.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Fukuyama

— 1 night

City of Roses

A trip to Fukuyama, a riverside city known for its fragrant roses, is not complete without a visit to its main attraction, a quaint port village lined with old wooden houses and fishing boats.
On the 18th (Mon), make a trip to Myooin Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukuzen-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abuto Kannon (Bandai-ji Temple Kannondo), steep yourself in history at Ryoma no Kakure Heya Masuya Seiemontaku, then contemplate the long history of Ota House, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tomo no Ura.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Fukuyama planning app.

Drive from Osaka to Fukuyama in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Osaka in April, you will find days in Fukuyama are little chillier (63°F), and nights are about the same (48°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Fukuyama

Historic Sites

Matsuyama

— 1 night
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, walk around Dogo Park (Ruins of Yuzuki Castle), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishiteji, don't miss a visit to Dogo Onsen Station, then see the interesting displays at Saka no Ue no Kumo Museum, and finally admire the striking features of Bansuiso.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Matsuyama trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Fukuyama to Matsuyama in 2.5 hours. In April in Matsuyama, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.

Aichi Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles · Specialty Museums
Aichi Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region. The region of Aichi is also known as the Tōkai region. The capital is Nagoya. It is the focus of the Chūkyō Metropolitan Area.HistoryOriginally, the region was divided into the two provinces of Owari and Mikawa. After the Meiji Restoration, Owari and Mikawa were united into a single entity. In 1871, after the abolition of the han system, Owari, with the exception of the Chita Peninsula, was established as Nagoya Prefecture, while Mikawa combined with the Chita Peninsula and formed Nukata Prefecture. Nagoya Prefecture was renamed to Aichi Prefecture in April 1872, and was united with Nukata Prefecture on November 27 of the same year.The government of Aichi Prefecture is located in the Aichi Prefectural Government Office in Nagoya, which is the old capital of Owari.The Expo 2005 World Exposition was held in Seto and Nagakute.EtymologyIn the third volume of the Man'yōshū there is a poem by Takechi Kurohito that reads: "The cry of the crane, calling to Sakurada; it sounds like the tide, draining from Ayuchi flats, hearing the crane cry". Ayuchi is the original form of the name Aichi, and the Fujimae tidal flat is all that remains of the earlier Ayuchi-gata. It is now a protected area.

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