19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
3
Kyoto
— 4 nights
4
Himeji
— 1 night
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
6
Ishigaki
— 3 nights

4
nights
Tokyo

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Edo-Tokyo Museum and Yokohama Museum of Art. Do your shopping at Ginza and Asakusa. Go for a jaunt from Tokyo to Kamakura to see Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Odaiba District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, stop by Akihabara, and stop by Amit Trading Pearls.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo tour itinerary planning tool.

Indianapolis, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Indianapolis to Tokyo is 14 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Tokyo when traveling from Indianapolis in August, with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Yokohama Museum of Art
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Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

3
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Let the collections at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum and Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum capture your imagination. Visiting Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Fujikawaguchiko-machi side-trips: Izu (Baird Brewery Gardens Shusenji, Joren Waterfall, &more). It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Sankodai.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Fujikawaguchiko-machi itinerary planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in August: highs in Fujikawaguchiko-machi hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Izu, Mount Fuji
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum ©
Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum

4
nights
Kyoto

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get a sense of the local culture at Dotombori District and Osaka Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori (in Dotombori), Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Nara Park, &more) and Mizuno Sportology Gallery (in Osaka). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple, and get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto travel route planner.

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kyoto in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or fly. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in August, you will find days in Kyoto are a bit warmer (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara
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Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

1
night
Himeji

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, thensteep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru, thencontemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip itinerary builder tool.

Take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyoto in August, you will find days in Himeji are slightly colder (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Takasago
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nishi no Maru ©
Nishi no Maru
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
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 2nd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, thenget engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, thenstep off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then stop by Itsukushima Gekijyo.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planner.

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Hiroshima sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

3
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
On the 4th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Yonehara Beach, thenexplore the activities along Kabira Bay, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): head outdoors with Sunset Beach, head outdoors with Cape Hirakubozaki, thensee the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Ishigaki trip itinerary planning site.

Do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In September, Ishigaki is a bit warmer than Hiroshima - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay

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