19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

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Tokyo
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
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Nagano
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 6 nights
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Tokyo

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Tokyo Disneyland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Takeshita Street, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, then make an unforgettable trip to Tokyo DisneySea, and finally appreciate the history behind Hachiko.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo visit site.

Oakland, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 17 hours traveling from Oakland to Tokyo. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Oakland in March, with highs in Tokyo at 58°F and lows at 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Osaka.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nigatsu-do Temple, &more). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and examine the collection at Namban Culture Center.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Osaka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in March, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 4 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: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, make a trip to Nijo Castle, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and visit Arashiyama.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto driving holiday tool.

You can drive from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. March in Kyoto sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Nagano

— 2 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): get a dose of the wild on Snow Monkey Resorts, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kankeiji Temple, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at MIDORI Nagano. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Sake Storehouse Art Museum - Gallery Tamamura Honten, look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then hit the slopes at Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area, and finally steep yourself in history at Matsushiro.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Nagano itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagano takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and train; or drive. When traveling from Kyoto in March, plan for little chillier days in Nagano, with highs around 50°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagano

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 6 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). Enjoy Tokyo some more: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and stroll around Ueno Park.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tokyo route builder.

Traveling by train from Nagano to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Nagano in March, with highs in Tokyo at 58°F and lows at 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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.