19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Bucharest
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h
2
Kamakura
— 2 nights
Train:  4​h
3
Nara
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
5
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h
6
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Miyakojima
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
8
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Bucharest

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.
Visit Nezu Shrine and Zojo-ji Temple for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Fire Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. There's still lots to do: explore the engaging exhibits at KidZania Tokyo, take a stroll through Yanaka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, and explore the galleries of Tokyo National Museum.

To find photos and tourist information, read Tokyo holiday planner .

Bucharest, Romania to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Bucharest to Tokyo. Traveling from Bucharest in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Tokyo, with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kamakura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
KidZania Tokyo ©
KidZania Tokyo

2
nights
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 21st (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Kencho-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Kamakura Hiking Trails, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Engaku-ji Temple, and then head off the coast to Jogashima Island.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kamakura trip planner .

You can take a train from Tokyo to Kamakura in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kamakura: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Nara.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Jogashima Island
Highlights from your plan
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple) ©
Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple)

2
nights
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 23rd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakushi-ji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Kasuga Taisha Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally browse the exhibits of Nara National Museum. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Wakakusa, then get engrossed in the history at Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Nara day trip website .

Take a train from Kamakura to Nara in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Kamakura in April, you will find days in Nara are somewhat warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

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.
On the 25th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, and finally take a stroll through Dotonbori.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Nara to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Nara in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Osaka, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka 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 27th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toji, and finally steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chion-in Temple, then steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip itinerary builder .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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 (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mitaki Temple, then examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Miyajima.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

2
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
On the 1st (Fri), step off the mainland to explore Shimojiiima Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, then snap pictures at Irabu Ohashi, then snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and finally kick back and relax at Yonaha Maehama Beach. On the next day, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then head outdoors with Aragusuku Beach, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and finally kick back and relax at Sunayama Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Miyakojima trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Miyakojima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hiroshima in April: high temperatures in Miyakojima hover around 29°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Yonaha Maehama Beach ©
Yonaha Maehama Beach
Sunayama Beach ©
Sunayama Beach

2
nights
Ishigaki

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, then get outside with Yonehara Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hirakubozaki, and finally glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ishigaki road trip app .

You can fly from Miyakojima to Ishigaki in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Ishigaki are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Adventure Beaches

Side Trip

Kondoi Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kondoi Beach ©
Kondoi Beach
Yonehara Beach ©
Yonehara Beach
Cape Hirakubozaki ©
Cape Hirakubozaki

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