19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Narusawa-mura
— 1 night
Drive
3
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Train
4
Osaka
— 1 night
Train
5
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Train
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
7
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Drive
9
Takayama
— 1 night
Drive
10
Nikko
— 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Meiji Jingu Shrine, Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tokyo National Museum and teamLab☆Planets. Museum-lovers will get to explore The National Art Center, Tokyo and Mori Art Museum. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Nezu Museum, steep yourself in history at Jindai-ji Temple, and take an in-depth tour of Kanda Myojin.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary builder tool.

Toronto, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 14 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Toronto in October; daily highs in Tokyo reach 26°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Narusawa-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Narusawa-mura

— 1 night
A village at the foothills of Mt.
On the 6th (Wed), pause for some photo ops at Japan's Highest Peak Fujisan Kengamine Monument, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Fuji, see the interesting displays at Mt.Fuji Nature Museum, then don't miss a visit to Narusawa's Tree Form Lava, and finally examine the collection at Narusawa Mt. Fuji Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Narusawa-mura online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Narusawa-mura takes 2 hours. Traveling from Tokyo in October, expect nights in Narusawa-mura to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Nagoya.

Things to do in Narusawa-mura

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Nagoya

— 2 nights
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Nagoya Castle, see the interesting displays at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and then admire the masterpieces at Furukawa Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oagata Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Little World, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kokeizan Eihoji Temple, then examine the collection at Mosaic Tile Museum Tajimi, and finally explore the world behind art at The Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art.

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You can drive from Narusawa-mura to Nagoya in 4 hours. While traveling from Narusawa-mura, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Nagoya, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Osaka

— 1 night
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 9th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuguji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horyu-ji Temple, then steep yourself in history at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Hozenji Yokocho. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then get engrossed in the history at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, and finally admire the natural beauty at Isuien Garden.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Osaka trip itinerary tool.

You can take a train from Nagoya to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Osaka sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Fukuoka

— 2 nights

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
On the 11th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nanzoin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atago Jinja Shrine, then examine the collection at OH Sadaharu Baseball Museum, then trek along Aburayama Shimin no Mori, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jotenji Temple.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Fukuoka trip tool.

Take a train from Osaka to Fukuoka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Hiroshima

— 2 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.
On the 12th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Shiraito River, contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku, and finally take a peaceful walk through Misen Wild Woods. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, then contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima travel route builder website.

You can take a train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine as well as Kiyomizu-dera Temple. On the 14th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Yase Momiji no Komichi, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hiei, get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, then steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryoanji Temple. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Chishaku-in, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, then make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle.

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Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 1 night
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 16th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Dolls Museum and then let your taste buds guide you at In Kanazawa House.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Wildlife · Outdoors · Classes · Tours

Takayama

— 1 night
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), examine the collection at Hikaru Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Shirakabe Dozogai, stop by Sanmachi Suji, then examine the collection at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), and finally see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Takayama trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Kanazawa to Takayama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nikko

— 1 night
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Cryptomeria Avenue, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kirifuri Highlands Kisuge Plain, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Nantai, and finally steep yourself in history at Nikko Futarasan Jinja Chugushi Shrine.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nikko day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Takayama to Nikko takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Nikko, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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.