23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Nagasaki
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
4
Himeji
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
5
Kyoto
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Mexico City

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: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, get great views at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo day trip planning website .

Mexico City, Mexico to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 15 hours traveling from Mexico City to Tokyo. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Mexico City in March; daily highs in Tokyo reach 17°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
Highlights from your plan
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

3
nights
Nagasaki

Nagasaki ©
The hilly port city of Nagasaki has become known internationally as one of the two Japanese cities to be destroyed by an atomic bomb towards the close of World War II.
Step out of Nagasaki to go to Sasebo and see Huis Ten Bosch, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Glover Garden, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sofukuji Temple.

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You can fly from Tokyo to Nagasaki in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nagao Castle Park, Huis Ten Bosch
Highlights from your plan
Glover Garden ©
Glover Garden
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ©
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
Nagasaki Peace Park ©
Nagasaki Peace Park

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine, & more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, and don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima sightseeing planner.

Getting from Nagasaki to Hiroshima by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Himeji.

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

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Daisen Outlook (in Mimasaka), Okayama Korakuen Garden (in Okayama) and Mt. Kuma (in Bizen). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Himeji Castle, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en Garden, steep yourself in history at Yoneda Taishiji Temple, and don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Himeji trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In March in Himeji, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mt. Kuma, Daisen Outlook, Mt. Takamikura, Okayama Korakuen Garden, Yoneda Taishiji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en ©
Koko-en

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle, & more). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Gion, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and make a trip to Heian Shrine.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Kyoto tour itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Himeji to Kyoto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. March in Kyoto sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Osaka
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kanazawa: Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, & more). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, and examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Kyoto to Kanazawa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kyoto in March: highs in Kanazawa hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Shirakawa-mura
Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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