19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Fly to Okinawa, Ferry to Motobu-cho
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Motobu-cho
— 4 nights
Ferry to タクマ3乗船券販売所, Fly to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Fly

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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tokyo Disneyland and Meiji Jingu Shrine. When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately Maihama away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Tokyo Tower, wander the streets of Akihabara, get a taste of the local shopping with Ginza, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Tokyo Sea Life Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip site.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Tokyo. In August, daytime highs in Tokyo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to fly to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, kick back and relax at Gongenmori Beach, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, and make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa.

To see ratings and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Kanazawa by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Motobu-cho

— 4 nights
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and Minnajima Island. Change things up with these side-trips from Motobu-cho: Nago citizen Beach (in Nago) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Onna-son). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Minna Beach, stroll through Akabaka Beach, get outside with Bisezaki, and see the vivid underwater world at Sesoko Labyrinth.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Motobu-cho trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Kanazawa to Motobu-cho in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Motobu-cho can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

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 19th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Motobu-cho to Hiroshima by combination of ferry and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In August, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums

Himeji

— 1 night
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 20th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and then stroll through Mt Shosha hiking.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Himeji vacation planning app.

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Kyoto

— 5 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.
Family-friendly places like Universal Studios Japan and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Osaka (Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum & Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Himeji in August, you will find days in Kyoto are a bit warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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.