19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train
2
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
4
Himeji
— 1 night
Train
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
6
Osaka
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Koya-cho
— 1 night
Drive to Kansai International Airport, Fly to Reno Tahoe International Airport

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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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Rikugien Garden, take a stroll through Akihabara, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple.

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Reno, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 17 hours. Traveling from Reno in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 49°F in Tokyo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

2
nights
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 7th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then stroll around Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, then don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, and finally don't miss a visit to Neagarimatsu. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, look for gifts at Amanatto Kawamura, then see the interesting displays at Dolls Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, and finally don't miss a visit to Omicho Market.

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Getting from Tokyo to Kanazawa by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

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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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, and go for a walk through Philosopher's Walk.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip builder.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in November, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas

1
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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.
On the 13th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, and finally contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

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Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Himeji can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

3
nights
Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Miyajima, &more). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

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Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

3
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Osaka side-trips: Nara (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Osaka online trip itinerary maker.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in November, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

1
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Koya-cho

Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-in Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koyasan Okunoin, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kongobu-ji Temple, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Danjo Garan.

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You can drive from Osaka to Koya-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November in Koya-cho, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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.