19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Nagoya
— 1 night
2
Kyoto
— 2 nights
3
Nara
— 1 night
4
Osaka
— 1 night
5
Himeji
— 1 night
6
Hiroshima
— 1 night
7
Nagasaki
— 1 night
8
Kanazawa
— 1 day
9
Takayama
— 1 night
10
Yamanouchi-machi
— 1 night
11
Nikko
— 1 night
12
Kamakura
— 1 night
13
Tokyo
— 4 nights

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Nagoya TV Tower.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Nagoya trip itinerary builder app.

Detroit, USA to Nagoya is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Detroit to Nagoya due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Detroit in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of °F in Nagoya. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Inuyama Castle
Highlights from your plan
Yamazaki River ©
Yamazaki River
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Inuyama Castle ©
Inuyama Castle

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Heian Shrine, thensteep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then go for a walk through Gion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Nijo Castle, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Shosei-en Garden, thensteep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kyoto itinerary website.

Take a train from Nagoya to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Nagoya in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyoto: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Nara

Nara ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, thenexamine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nara tour itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Kyoto to Nara by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In August in Nara, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

1
night
Osaka

Osaka ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, thenvisit Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and then shop like a local with Dotombori District.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka day trip app.

Traveling by car from Nara to Osaka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. August in Osaka sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street ©
Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and then make a trip to Otemae Street.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip planning website.

Getting from Osaka to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Osaka in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Himeji: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 12th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, thensteep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, thensteep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip itinerary builder website.

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Hiroshima are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

1
night
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, thentake in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, thensteep yourself in history at Glover Garden, and finally snap pictures at Megane Bridge.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Nagasaki fast, fun, and easy.

Getting from Hiroshima to Nagasaki by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in August, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

1
day
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): make a trip to Omicho Market, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, step into the grandiose world of Kanazawa Castle, thenwalk around Kenrokuen Garden, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Nagasaki to Kanazawa takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle

1
night
Takayama

Takayama ©
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.
On the 15th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Higashiyama Walking Course, take a stroll through Sanmachi Suji, thencontemplate the long history of Takayama Jinya, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato).

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Takayama day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Takayama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Takayama sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya
Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato) ©
Sanmachi Suji ©
Sanmachi Suji

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night
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
On the 16th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and then get outside with Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Yamanouchi-machi online tour planner.

Getting from Takayama to Yamanouchi-machi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Yamanouchi-machi sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area ©
Shigakogen Sun Valley Ski Area

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night
Nikko

Nikko ©
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.
On the 17th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikko Tosho-gu, take in the pleasant sights at Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park, and then contemplate the long history of Taiyuimbyo Shrine.

Plan a trip to Nikko easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Yamanouchi-machi to Nikko takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Nikko, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kamakura.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park ©

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night
Kamakura

Kamakura ©
The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
On the 18th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in, steep yourself in history at Hase-dera Temple, and then kick back and relax at Yuigahama Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kamakura itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Nikko to Kamakura takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and subway. In August, daily temperatures in Kamakura can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Yuigahama Beach ©
Yuigahama Beach

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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.
Appreciate the collections at Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ginza and Asakusa. Change things up with a short trip to Ghibli Museum Mitaka in Mitaka (about 38 minutes away). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Odaiba District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, kick back and relax at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), and get a taste of the local shopping with Takeshita Street.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tokyo tour itinerary maker.

Getting from Kamakura to Tokyo by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kamakura in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Ghibli Museum Mitaka
Highlights from your plan
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District

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