23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour itinerary builder

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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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Nara
— 2 nights
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Matsumoto
— 2 nights
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Nagano
— 2 nights
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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Osaka

— 3 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Osaka Castle Park as well as Sunset Owl Cafe. There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, and admire the landmark architecture of Tsutenkaku.

For where to stay and more tourist information, read our Osaka trip maker app.

Belfast, UK to Osaka is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Belfast to Osaka due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Belfast in June, expect Osaka to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 22°C. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Mikasahama Beach, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more) and Miyajima (Momijidani Park & Mt. Misen). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

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Getting from Osaka to Hiroshima by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 3 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.
On the 23rd (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Jishu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryoanji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto trip builder website.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. June in Kyoto sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Nara

— 2 nights

Ancient City

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.
Nara is known for historic sites, parks, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Experience YAMATO, delve into the lush surroundings at Kasugayama, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nara online attractions planner.

Getting from Kyoto to Nara by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 28th (Wed), take a stroll through Nagamachi Neighborhood, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, then don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town, and finally steep yourself in history at Shima. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple, walk around Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, then make a trip to Omicho Market, and finally don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Station.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kanazawa road trip planning app.

You can take a train from Nara to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Nara in June: high temperatures in Kanazawa hover around 28°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Matsumoto

— 2 nights
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Matsumoto i Design Fashion Institute of Technology, explore the activities along Myojin Pond, then snap pictures at Kappa Bashi, then explore the activities along Taisho Pond, and finally explore the activities along Pond Tashiro. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at Daio Wasabi Farm, steep yourself in history at Kaichi Gakko Primary School, step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, stop by Nawate Shopping District, then explore the world behind art at Matsumoto City Art Museum, and finally wander the streets of Nakamachi Street.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Matsumoto trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Matsumoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Matsumoto sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nagano.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nagano

— 2 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Zenko-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Togakushi Jinja Hokosha, make a trip to Togakushi Shrine Chusha, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha, and finally take a peaceful walk through Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nagano road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Matsumoto to Nagano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Nagano can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, enjoy breathtaking views from Tokyo Skytree, take a stroll through Ginza, and visit Odaiba District.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo tour itinerary maker website.

Traveling by train from Nagano to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Tokyo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. On the 7th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.