19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

Bob Gray

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Osaka
— 2 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Okayama
— 2 nights
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Takamatsu
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Matsuyama
— 2 nights
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
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Onomichi
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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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 25th (Wed), explore the galleries of Daimaru Museum Umeda.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Osaka trip maker site.

Auckland, New Zealand to Osaka is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Auckland to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Auckland in March: highs in Osaka hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 5°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Nishi no Maru, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagoyama Reien Busharito, stop by Yamasa Kamaboko Yumesenkan, then see the interesting displays at Japan Toy Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yoneda Taishiji Temple.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Okayama.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Okayama

— 2 nights
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Naoshima has been added to your itinerary. On the 28th (Sat), buy something for everyone on your list at Okayama Ichi Ban Gai, explore the wide array of goods at Tenmaya, admire the masterpieces at Okayama Orient Museum, then explore the world behind art at Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art, then contemplate the long history of Ashimori, and finally contemplate the long history of Kinojo Iwaya. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Kurashiki Folkcraft Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, see the interesting displays at Japanese Rural Toy Museum, then look for gifts at Jizake no Izutsuya, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Ojigadake, and finally step off the mainland to explore Naoshima.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Okayama online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Okayama takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Okayama when traveling from Himeji in March, with lows around 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Takamatsu

— 2 nights

Gateway to Shikoku

A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ozu Castle as well as Teshima Island. On the 30th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Ozu Castle and then stop by Kumaoka Sweets Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): head off the coast to Teshima Island, then buy something for everyone on your list at Marugamemachi GREEN, and then make a trip to Takamatsu Marugamemachi Shopping Street.

Plan trip to Takamatsu with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Okayama to Takamatsu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. March in Takamatsu sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Matsuyama

— 2 nights
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
You've now added Ozu Houses Of The Meiji to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): stroll around Ozu Shiroyama Park, visit Ozu Houses Of The Meiji, make a trip to Ohanahan Street, then see the interesting displays at Ozu Akarengakan, then stop by Karari Fresh Park Michi-no-Eki, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Joruriji Temple. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Gogoshima Island, contemplate the long history of Taisanji Temple, make a trip to Russian Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Ehime University Muserum, then examine the collection at Seki Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Shinrokaku.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Matsuyama trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Takamatsu to Matsuyama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April in Matsuyama, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. You'll set off for Hiroshima on the 3rd (Fri).

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): examine the collection at Honkawa Peace Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, then get a taste of the local shopping with Monokoto Store, then examine the collection at Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima day trip site.

Getting from Matsuyama to Hiroshima by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 4th (Sat), you're off to Onomichi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Onomichi

— 2 nights
A port city next to the inland sea, Onomichi maintains a small-town feel and a domestic reputation for well-preserved landmarks, quiet streets, and traditions.
Momo Island has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takami, head off the coast to Momo Island, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zensho-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): walk around Tomo Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Io-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Enfuku Temple, then head off the coast to Hyakkan Island, then admire the masterpieces at Onomichi City Museum Of Art, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishitsuchiyamakusari Shugyo.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Onomichi day trip planner.

Onomichi is just a short distance from Hiroshima. April in Onomichi sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. On the 6th (Mon), you'll travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Onomichi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jojakkoji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koryu-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Myoshinji Temple, and finally stroll through Kyoto Gyoen National Garden. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yasakanoto, get to know the fascinating history of Nenenokomichi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Konkai Komyoji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shinnyodo Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Honen-in, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Gion Shirakawa.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Onomichi to Kyoto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tamiya Plamodel Factory, Shimbashi, teamLab Borderless and Robot Restaurant. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hozomon and Nipponmaru Memorial Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fire Museum and Kitanomaru Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Yokohama Museum of Art (in Minatomirai), Japan Coast Guard Museum Yokohama (in Yokohama) and Kakuonji Temple (in Kamakura). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyu Kaneiji Five-Storied Pagoda and examine the collection at Nissan Crossing.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Tokyo online trip maker.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In April in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Nightlife

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.