19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Kanazawa
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nagoya
— 1 night
Drive
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Nara
— 1 day
Drive
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Tokyo Tower, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary maker website.

Lisbon, Portugal to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Tokyo is 9 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Lisbon in September since evenings lows in Tokyo dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Hakone-machi

— 2 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hakone-machi: Izu (Chikurinnokomichi & Baird Brewery Gardens Shusenji). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, make a trip to Hakone Turnpike Daikanyama Parking lot, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and steep yourself in history at Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi trip website.

Drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hakone-machi, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Baths · Spas · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
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 24th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town, contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, then stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, then explore the activities along Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, and finally don't miss a visit to Karasaki Pine Tree. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa tour planning tool.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Hakone-machi in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Kanazawa, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Nagoya

— 1 night
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 26th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, then examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium, and finally don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nagoya itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Nagoya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Nagoya can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Historic Sites

Nara

— 1 day

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Todai-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then walk around Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Nara trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Nagoya to Nara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in September, expect nights in Nara to be about the same, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

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: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take a stroll through Gion, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and stop by Arashiyama.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nara in September, Kyoto is a bit cooler at night with lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

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.
On the 1st (Fri), enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, make a trip to Kuromon Market, then take a stroll through Dotombori District, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka vacation planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Himeji

— 1 night
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 3rd (Sun): don't miss a visit to Viewing Deck, Himeji Station Square, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally make a trip to Shoshazan Ropeway.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Himeji trip maker app.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks

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.