23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
Fly:  32​h
1
Kagoshima
— 1 night
train:  1​h
2
Kumamoto
— 1 night
train:  1​h
3
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Yamaguchi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Hiroshima
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Fukuyama
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Okayama
— 1 night
train:  45​min
8
Kobe
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
9
Osaka
— 1 night
train:  45​min
10
Nara
— 1 night
train:  45​min
11
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  45​min
12
Nagoya
— 1 night
train:  1​h
13
Hamamatsu
— 1 night
train:  30​min
14
Shizuoka
— 1 night
train:  45​min
15
Atami
— 1 night
train + subway:  1​h 15​min
16
Yokohama
— 1 night
train:  1​h
17
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Saigo Takamori Statue.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kagoshima journey site .

Valletta, Malta to Kagoshima is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Valletta to Kagoshima is 8 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Valletta in December; daily highs in Kagoshima reach 13°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for the train ride to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Kagoshima City Aquarium ©
Kagoshima City Aquarium
Tenmonkan ©
Tenmonkan
Saigo Takamori Statue ©
Saigo Takamori Statue

1
night
Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
On the 14th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Suizenji Jojuen Garden, make a trip to Shimotori Shotengai, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kato Shrine, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Kumamoto Castle.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kumamoto route builder tool .

Traveling by train from Kagoshima to Kumamoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kumamoto can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Amakusa.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kato Shrine ©
Kato Shrine
Kumamoto Castle ©
Kumamoto Castle
Suizenji Jojuen Garden ©
Suizenji Jojuen Garden

2
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.
Explore Fukuoka's surroundings by going to Dazaifu (Dazaifu Temmangu & Komyozen-ji Temple), Komenoyama Obsevatory (in Sasaguri-machi) and Kitakyushu (Kokura Castle & Mojiko Retro). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, make a trip to Yatai, browse the different shops at Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, and enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Fukuoka trip itinerary maker site .

You can take a train from Kumamoto to Fukuoka in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yamaguchi.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Kitakyushu, Dazaifu, Komenoyama Obsevatory
Highlights from your plan
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum ©
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
Komyozen-ji Temple ©
Komyozen-ji Temple

1
night
Yamaguchi

Yamaguchi
Located at the center of Yamaguchi Prefecture, the regional capital of Yamaguchi is renowned for its temples and shrines.
To plan Yamaguchi vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Fukuoka to Yamaguchi in 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Yamaguchi are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. You'll set off for Hiroshima on the 18th (Wed).

Things to do in Yamaguchi

Historic Sites Parks Museums

few
hours
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 18th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and then make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Yamaguchi to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Fukuyama.

Things to do in Hiroshima

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

1
night
Fukuyama

Fukuyama ©
A trip to Fukuyama, a riverside city known for its fragrant roses, is not complete without a visit to its main attraction, a quaint port village lined with old wooden houses and fishing boats.
On the 18th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Nunakuma Shrine.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Fukuyama route builder site .

Getting from Hiroshima to Fukuyama by car takes about 1.5 hours. While traveling from Hiroshima, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Fukuyama, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Okayama.

Things to do in Fukuyama

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tomo no Ura ©
Tomo no Ura
Nunakuma Shrine ©
Nunakuma Shrine
Fukuyama Castle ©
Fukuyama Castle

1
night
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Okayama online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Fukuyama to Okayama takes 1.5 hours. In December in Okayama, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden

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nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kobe: Otsuka Museum of Art (in Naruto) and Himeji (Koko-en Garden & Himeji Castle). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), make a trip to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street, stroll around Arima Onsen, and admire the natural beauty at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kobe travel route tool .

You can take a train from Okayama to Kobe in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Okayama in December, Kobe is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Himeji, Otsuka Museum of Art
Highlights from your plan
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown) ©
Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown)

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.
On the 22nd (Sun), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Osaka route builder site .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kobe. In December in Osaka, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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.
On the 23rd (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, stroll around Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, and finally examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nara trip builder app .

Traveling by train from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Nara are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

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

1
night
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 24th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Heian Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kyoto route planner.

Take a train from Nara to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Kyoto

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

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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 25th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, then examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Hikone Castle and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nagoya day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Nagoya takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in December, plan for little chillier days in Nagoya, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for the train ride to Hamamatsu.

Things to do in Nagoya

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hikone Castle
Highlights from your plan
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium ©
Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

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night
Hamamatsu

Hamamatsu
An important industrial hub with a sizable immigrant population from South America, Hamamatsu has developed a taste for international cuisine and arts.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): brush up on your military savvy at Hamamatsu Air Park.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hamamatsu online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Hamamatsu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, Hamamatsu is a bit warmer than Nagoya - with highs of 13°C and lows of 7°C. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Shizuoka.

Things to do in Hamamatsu

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hamamatsu Air Park
Hamamatsu Air Park
Hamamatsu Castle Tower Gate ©
Hamamatsu Castle Tower Gate

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Shizuoka

Shizuoka ©
With its upmarket shopping districts and scenic coastal landscape, Shizuoka stands as the main urban area of a province often referred to as Japan's riviera.
On the 27th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, tour the pleasant surroundings at Miho Seacoast (Miho no Matsubara Beach), and then admire the natural beauty at Momijiyama Park.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Shizuoka day trip site .

Shizuoka is very close to Hamamatsu. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for the train ride to Atami.

Things to do in Shizuoka

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Yaizu Sakana Center
Highlights from your plan
Kunozan Toshogu Shrine ©
Kunozan Toshogu Shrine
Nihondaira Ropeway ©
Nihondaira Ropeway

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Atami

Atami ©
With Atami's relative proximity to the nation's capital, this beach resort town draws its fair share of visitors--though holidays in Atami are not just a matter of convenience.
On the 28th (Sat), look for gifts at Kamatsuru Himono Honten, Atami Ginzadori and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinomiya Shrine.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Atami route planner.

You can take a train from Shizuoka to Atami in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Shizuoka, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Atami, ranging from highs of 8°C to lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yokohama.

Things to do in Atami

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kinomiya Shrine ©
Kinomiya Shrine

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Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take a stroll through Yokohama Chinatown, contemplate the long history of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hase-dera Temple. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a leisurely stroll along Yokohama Intl Passenger Terminal and then go for a walk through Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Yokohama day trip site .

You can do a combination of train and subway from Atami to Yokohama in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Atami in December, expect nights in Yokohama to be about the same, around 6°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kamakura
Highlights from your plan
Kōtoku-in ©
Kōtoku-in
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine ©
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

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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.
When in Tokyo, make a side trip to see Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, approximately 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sensō-ji, contemplate the long history of Tokyo Central Railway Station, and get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planning tool .

You can drive from Yokohama to Tokyo in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo DisneySea
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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