19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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Hiroshima
— 1 night
2
Kagoshima
— 2 nights
3
Hitoyoshi
— 3 nights
4
Nagasaki
— 2 nights
5
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
6
Tokushima
— 3 nights
7
Kobe
— 1 day
8
Osaka
— 3 nights
9
Kyoto
— 2 nights

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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): head outdoors with Mikasahama Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, then examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum, and finally wander the streets of Kamiyacho. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bay Side Beach Saka.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima online road trip planner.

Nagoya to Hiroshima is an approximately 3-hour train ride. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Nagoya in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Hiroshima: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum, Bay Side Beach Saka
Highlights from your plan
Mikasahama Beach ©
Mikasahama Beach
Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku
Kamiyacho ©
Kamiyacho

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nights
Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
On your second day here, take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Shiroyama, then admire the masterpieces at Kirishima Open-Art Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buried Shrine Gate.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kagoshima visit planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kagoshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hitoyoshi.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kirishima Open-Art Museum, Kamafuta Shirine, Chiringashima
Highlights from your plan
Chiringashima ©
Chiringashima
Kirishima Open-Art Museum ©
Kirishima Open-Art Museum
Mt. Shiroyama ©
Mt. Shiroyama

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nights
Hitoyoshi

Hitoyoshi ©
Hitoyoshi is a city in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): stroll around Tadamoto Park, then contemplate the long history of Shiroishi Station, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sagara Gokoku Shrine, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Hitoyoshi Plum Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): steep yourself in history at The House of Japanese Samurai in Olden Times- Bukekura, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Rokkannon Miike Pond.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hitoyoshi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kagoshima to Hitoyoshi takes 1.5 hours. January in Hitoyoshi sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hitoyoshi

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Shiroishi Station, Tadamoto Park, Rokkannon Miike Pond
Highlights from your plan
Sagara Gokoku Shrine ©
Sagara Gokoku Shrine

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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Nagasaki Bio Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Urakami Cathedral, then admire the masterpieces at Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Confucian Temple, the Chinese Museum of Successive Generations. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Suwa Shrine, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture, and then step off the mainland to explore Iojima Island.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Nagasaki using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hitoyoshi to Nagasaki takes 4 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nagasaki Bio Park
Highlights from your plan
Suwa Shrine ©
Suwa Shrine
Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum ©
Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum
Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture ©
Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture

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nights
Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©
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.
You've now added Fukuoka Castle Ruins to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakozaki Shrine, then head off the coast to Nokonoshima Island, and finally contemplate the long history of Fukuoka Castle Ruins. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): learn more about the world around you at Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History, explore the activities along Kanmon Kaikyo, and then steep yourself in history at Nanzoin.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Fukuoka road trip site.

You can drive from Nagasaki to Fukuoka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 2°C. On the 23rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tokushima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Kitakyushu, Nanzoin
Highlights from your plan
Hakozaki Shrine ©
Hakozaki Shrine
Nanzoin ©
Nanzoin

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nights
Tokushima

Tokushima ©
Seemingly floating between the Inland Sea and surrounding mountains, Tokushima serves as the capital city of its prefecture.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): examine the collection at Tokushima Castle Museum. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Oasahiko Shrine, then take a memorable drive along Naruto Skyline, then examine the collection at The Naruto German House, and finally see the interesting displays at Ai no Yakata.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Tokushima planner.

Fly from Fukuoka to Tokushima in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Tokushima can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kobe.

Things to do in Tokushima

Museums · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Naruto, Minami-cho, Ai no Yakata, Tairyuji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Oasahiko Shrine ©
Oasahiko Shrine
Tairyuji Temple ©
Tairyuji Temple
The Naruto German House ©
The Naruto German House

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day
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
On the 26th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Kobe City Museum (Kobe Shiritsu Hakubutsukan), see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, then soak in some Japanese tradition at Arima Onsen, and finally wander the streets of Kitano-cho.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kobe road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tokushima to Kobe takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Kobe are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Baths · Spas · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum ©
Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum
Kobe City Museum (Kobe Shiritsu Hakubutsukan) ©

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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): go for a walk through Midosuji Street, examine the collection at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa, and finally walk around Nara Park. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kobe to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Osaka are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. On the 29th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Nature · Baths

Side Trips

Koya-cho, Nara, Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Mt. Wakakusa ©
Mt. Wakakusa
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan

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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.
On the 29th (Mon), explore the activities along Kamogawa River and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): examine the collection at Kyoto International Manga Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Kyoto National Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Miho Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kyoto online tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to catch the train back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Miho Museum, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Miho Museum ©
Miho Museum
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple ©
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Mt. Kurama ©
Mt. Kurama

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