19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Osaka
— 2 nights
2
Nara
— 1 night
3
Ise
— 3 nights
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
6
Matsue
— 2 nights
7
Tokyo
— 3 nights

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): wander the streets of Dotombori District, examine the collection at Kawasaki Good Times World, examine the collection at UCC Coffee Museum, then examine the collection at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, and finally examine the collection at Kiku-Masamune Shuzo Kinenkan. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Mint Museum and then explore the engaging exhibits at Kids Plaza Osaka.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary builder site.

Bologna, Italy to Osaka is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Bologna to Osaka. In December, daytime highs in Osaka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kobe
Highlights from your plan
Kawasaki Good Times World ©
Kawasaki Good Times World
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
UCC Coffee Museum ©
UCC Coffee Museum

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 22nd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center and then admire the striking features of Nara National Museum.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Nara day trip planning tool.

Drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can take a train to Ise.

Things to do in Nara

Wildlife · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Nara National Museum
Nara National Museum
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

3
nights
Ise

Ise ©
A spiritual center of Shintoism, Ise stands as a traditional city where visitors can see the roots of Japanese culture in a number of well-preserved natural and historic sites.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku, make a trip to Hinjitsukan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsukiyomi-no-miya Shrine, steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi, then take an in-depth tour of Sengukan, and finally contemplate the long history of Aramatsurinomiya. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Goza Beach, wander the streets of Uramuracho, then steep yourself in history at Izawanomiya, and finally examine the collection at Okageza.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ise online vacation builder.

Getting from Nara to Ise by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. December in Ise sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Ise

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Shima, Uramuracho
Highlights from your plan
Izawanomiya ©
Izawanomiya
Oharai-machi ©
Oharai-machi
Ise Grand Shrine ©
Ise Grand Shrine

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple. You'll explore and learn at Kyoto Railway Museum and Miho Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: The Little Indigo Museum (in Nantan) and Wakasa History Museum (in Obama). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Gion, don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip builder tool.

You can drive from Ise to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Kyoto when traveling from Ise in December, with lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

The Little Indigo Museum, Miho Museum, Wakasa History Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

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 29th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, and then examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and then look for gifts at Monokoto Store.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

2
nights
Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
On the 31st (Tue), contemplate the long history of Matsue Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, admire the natural beauty at Adachi Museum of Art, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iya Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): contemplate the long history of Former Taisha Station, take in the spiritual surroundings of Izumo Taisha Shrine, then kick back and relax at Inasa Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tamatsukuriyu Shrine.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsue trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Hiroshima to Matsue takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Matsue sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Izumo, Yasugi
Highlights from your plan
Matsue Castle ©
Matsue Castle
Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Yaegaki Shrine ©
Yaegaki Shrine

3
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.
Shop till you drop at Ginza and Takeshita Street. Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo National Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Hakone-machi (Lalique Museum Hakone & Pola Museum of Art). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, take a stroll through Odaiba District, shop like a local with Asakusa, and don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo holiday app.

You can fly from Matsue to Tokyo in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Tokyo are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Hakone-machi
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba District ©
Odaiba District
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Museum

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