23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Asia itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Tokyo
— 6 nights
Train
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Osaka
— 3 nights
Train
4
Shirahama-cho
— 1 night
Train to Tennoji Station, Fly to Sendai
5
Sendai
— 2 nights
Train
6
Yamagata
— 2 nights
Train to Tokyo Station, Bus to Fujikawaguchiko-machi
7
Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 1 night
Drive
8
Higashiizu-cho
— 1 night
Drive
9
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly

S M T W T F S
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13

Tokyo

— 6 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Harajuku Station, Kagurazaka, Kabukicho District, and other attractions. It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple and walk around Ueno Park.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo attractions planning tool.

Athens, Greece to Tokyo is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Athens to Tokyo. While traveling from Athens, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks · Museums

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Kamogawa River, Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Gion, and other attractions.

For reviews and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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 list of things to see and do now includes Shinsekai, Tennoji Mio Plaza, Hozenji Yokocho, and other attractions. On the 28th (Fri), visit Dotombori District. Here are some ideas for day two: catch a live performance at Zepp Osaka Bayside, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, then admire the landmark architecture of Umeda Sky Building, and finally don't miss a visit to Shinsekai.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip builder site.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Shirahama-cho.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Shirahama-cho

— 1 night
A popular resort town with many hot springs and long, man-made white sand beaches, Shirahama-cho draws scores of tourists.
For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Shirahama-cho online sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Shirahama-cho in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Osaka in July: highs in Shirahama-cho hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 30°C. You'll set off for Sendai on the 2nd (Tue).

Things to do in Shirahama-cho

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Sendai

— 2 nights
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sendai day trip tool.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Shirahama-cho to Sendai in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shirahama-cho in July, things will get a bit cooler in Sendai: highs are around 28°C and lows about 26°C. You will leave for Yamagata on the 4th (Thu).

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Yamagata

— 2 nights
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Yamagata online journey maker.

Traveling by train from Sendai to Yamagata takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Sendai in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Yamagata, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. On the 6th (Sat), you'll travel to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Yamagata

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Fujikawaguchiko-machi

— 1 night
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.
For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Fujikawaguchiko-machi online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Yamagata to Fujikawaguchiko-machi takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Yamagata in July, expect nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. On the 7th (Sun), you're off to Higashiizu-cho.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Higashiizu-cho

— 1 night
To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Higashiizu-cho trip builder website.

You can drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Higashiizu-cho in 3 hours. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in July, you will find days in Higashiizu-cho are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). You'll set off for Tokyo on the 8th (Mon).

Things to do in Higashiizu-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Tokyo

— 1 night
For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Higashiizu-cho to Tokyo takes 3 hours. Traveling from Higashiizu-cho in July, expect nights in Tokyo to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. On the 9th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.

Yamagata Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Landmarks
Yamagata Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Tōhoku region on Honshu island. Its capital is Yamagata.HistoryThe aboriginal Ezo people once inhabited the area now known as Yamagata. Yamagata and Akita Prefecture were known as Dewa Province until the Meiji Restoration.During the Heian Period (794–1185), the family ruled the area. Yamagata City flourished during the Edo Period (1603–1867) due to its status as a castle town and post station, famous for beni (red safflower dye used in the production of handspun silk). In 1689, the famous haiku poet, Matsuo Bashō visited Yamagata during his five-month trip to the northern regions of Japan.GeographyYamagata Prefecture is located in the southwest corner of Tōhoku, facing the Sea of Japan. It borders Niigata Prefecture and Fukushima Prefecture on the south, Miyagi Prefecture on the east, and Akita Prefecture on the north. All of these boundaries are marked by mountains, with most of the population residing in a limited central plain.

Source

Shizuoka Prefecture travel guide

3.7
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Shizuoka Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region of Honshu. The capital is the city of Shizuoka, while Hamamatsu is the largest city by population.HistoryShizuoka Prefecture was formed from the former Tōtōmi, Suruga and Izu provinces.The area was the home of the first Tokugawa Shogun. Tokugawa Ieyasu held the region until he conquered the lands of the Hōjō clan in the Kantō region and placed land under the stewardship of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. After becoming shogun, Tokugawa took the land back for his family and put the area around modern-day Shizuoka city under the direct supervision of the shogunate. With the creation of Shizuoka han in 1868, it once again became the residence of the Tokugawa family.GeographyShizuoka Prefecture is an elongated region following the coast of the Pacific Ocean at the Suruga Bay. In the west, the prefecture extends deep into the Japan Alps. In the east, it becomes a narrower coast bounded in the north by Mount Fuji, until it comes to the Izu Peninsula, a popular resort area pointing south into the Pacific.

Source