19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Meiji Jingu Gaien and Waho-An NATURE Tokyo. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal (in Yokohama) and Sky Garden (in Minatomirai). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, stop by Rikkyo University Ikebukuro Campus, wander the streets of Ueno District, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip planner.

Glenville, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 22-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 14 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Glenville in December, with lows around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shirakawago and Dolls Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses & Wada House). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, examine the collection at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, and take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa trip tool.

Fly from Tokyo to Kanazawa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. When traveling from Tokyo in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Kanazawa: temperatures range from 49°F by day to 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can 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.
On the 8th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ako Oishi Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Remains of Ako Castle, and then admire the striking features of Hiromine Shrine. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and then steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the 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, daytime highs in Himeji are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to take a 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Momijidani Park and Peace Flame. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hiroshima: Shishiiwa Tenbodai (in Miyajima) and Itsukushima Shrine (in Hatsukaichi). The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, take in the views from Aioi Bridge, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip planner.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tofuku-ji Temple and Eikando Zenrinji Temple. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Minoo Park (in Mino) and Expo '70 Commemorative Park (in Suita). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jojakkoji Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, take a stroll through Gion, and steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kyoto travel planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Kyoto sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.