19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan visit planner

Make it your trip
Drive to Asheville Regional Airport, Fly to Tokyo
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 6 nights
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Tokyo

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Meiji Jingu Gaien and Koishikawa Korakuen Garden. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Sky Garden (in Minatomirai) and Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal (in Yokohama). There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, stop by Rikkyo University Ikebukuro Campus, walk around Rikugien Garden, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo day trip planning site.

Glenville, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 22-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Glenville to Tokyo, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Glenville in December, Tokyo is a bit warmer at night with lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shirakawago and Dolls Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses & Wada House). There's lots more to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, look for gifts at Amanatto Kawamura, and examine the collection at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip itinerary app.

Fly from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tokyo in December, you will find days in Kanazawa are a bit cooler (49°F), and nights are about the same (37°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Himeji

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ako Oishi Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Remains of Ako Castle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hiromine Shrine. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Himeji Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and then contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Himeji trip planner.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Himeji in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Momijidani Park and Peace Flame. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Itsukushima Shrine (in Hatsukaichi) and Shishiiwa Tenbodai (in Miyajima). And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, explore the activities along Motoyasu River, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and take in the views from Aioi Bridge.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 6 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tofuku-ji Temple and Jojakkoji Temple. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Expo '70 Commemorative Park (in Suita) and Minoo Park (in Mino). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eikando Zenrinji Temple, take a stroll through Gion, contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

To see photos and more tourist information, read our Kyoto road trip website.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 39°F. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Classes

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.