23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
5
Himeji
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
6
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  19​h 15​min
End: Newark

4
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tokyo road trip website .

Newark, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, subway, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 14 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
nights
Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
A resort town located in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Fujikawaguchiko-machi acts as a base for many who plan to take one of the trails up the iconic volcano.
Explore Fujikawaguchiko-machi's surroundings by going to Waku Pond (in Oshino-mura), Hakone-machi (Owaku-dani Valley, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, & more) and Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine (in Fujinomiya). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Mount Fuji, admire the sheer force of Kenshin Falls, and explore the activities along Lake Kawaguchi.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Fujikawaguchiko-machi tour planning app .

Getting from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hakone-machi, Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine, Mount Fuji, Kenshin Falls, Waku Pond
Highlights from your plan
Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
The Hakone Open-Air Museum ©
The Hakone Open-Air Museum
Lake Kawaguchi ©
Lake Kawaguchi

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Takayama (Takayama Jinya, Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), & more), Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi) and Shirakawa-mura (Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, kick back and relax at Gongenmori Beach, make a trip to Omicho Market, and examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

Plan trip to Kanazawa with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Kanazawa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in July: highs in Kanazawa hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Takayama, Shirakawa-mura, Gongenmori Beach, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Takayama Jinya ©
Takayama Jinya

5
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.
Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Todai-ji Temple (in Nara), Osaka (Osaka Castle & Dotonbori) and Universal Studios Japan (in Konohana). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take in nature's colorful creations at Nanzen-ji Temple, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and steep yourself in history at Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto route planning app .

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 76°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

2
nights
Himeji

Himeji ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then don't miss a visit to Himeji Castle, then contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Kunimi no Mori Park, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jodoji Temple, and finally snap pictures at Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Himeji road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in August: highs in Himeji hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 80°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Jodoji Temple, Kunimi no Mori Park, Mt. Takamikura, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima online route planner .

You can take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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