23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Nagasaki
— 1 day
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
3
Himeji
— 1 night
Train
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
Train
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Izu
— 2 nights
Fly
9
Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly to Chūbu Centrair, Bus to Shirakawa-mura
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Shirakawa-mura
— 2 nights
Drive to Komatsu Airport, Fly to Dubai International Airport

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Nagasaki

City of Peace

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.
On the 2nd (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, stroll around Nagasaki Peace Park, don't miss a visit to World Peace Symbol Zone, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Inasa, then get a sense of history and politics at Nagasaki Prefectural Government Observation Deck, and finally admire the natural beauty at Glover Garden.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nagasaki trip planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Nagasaki is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Nagasaki is 5 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Dubai in May: high temperatures in Nagasaki hover around 28°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

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Hiroshima

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
On the 3rd (Sun), don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind The Cenotaph, then get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally make a trip to Okonomimura. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden, then take in the views from Kintaikyo Bridge, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Miyajima.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima day trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Nagasaki to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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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.
On the 5th (Tue), make a trip to Viewing Deck, Himeji Station Square, take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji, and finally make a trip to Shoshazan Ropeway.

Make your Himeji itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Take a train from Hiroshima to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Himeji are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Parks

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, have some family-friendly fun at Sunset Owl Cafe, then wander the streets of Dotombori District, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan and then don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Osaka driving holiday planner.

Take a train from Himeji to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Himeji in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Osaka: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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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.
When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Byodo-in Temple Museum Hoshokan in Uji, approximately Uji away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Arashiyama, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

1
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Kanazawa

An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): make a trip to Seisonkaku Villa, see the interesting displays at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, then take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and finally don't miss a visit to Omicho Market.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Kanazawa, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

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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, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, walk around Ueno Park, make a trip to Shibuya Crossing, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tokyo online trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kanazawa to Tokyo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Kanazawa in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Tokyo, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Izu.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

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Izu

Izu sits in the center of the mountainous Izu Peninsula.
On the 16th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mishima Taisha, get some fabulous bargains at Gotemba Premium Outlets, then take in the views from Katsura Bridge, then contemplate the long history of Shuzen-ji Temple, and finally go for a walk through Chikurinnokomichi. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, get a new perspective on nature at Joren Falls Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Joren Waterfall, then sample the tasty concoctions at Baird Brewery Gardens Shusenji, and finally stroll around Shuzenji Nijino Sato.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Izu trip planner.

Drive from Tokyo to Izu in 2.5 hours. While traveling from Tokyo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Izu, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Izu

Parks · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Spas

Side Trips

2
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
On the 18th (Mon), find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory, get outside with Yonehara Beach, then explore the activities along Kabira Bay, and finally walk around Kabira Park. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Kondoi Beach, then stroll around Banna Park, then Head underground at Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave, and finally visit Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ishigaki trip website.

You can fly from Izu to Ishigaki in 7 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Izu in May, with highs in Ishigaki at 34°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

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Shirakawa-mura

Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Change things up with these side-trips from Shirakawa-mura: Nanto (Gokayama & Suganuma Gassho Community). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, steep yourself in history at Shirakawago, get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and examine the collection at Shirakawago Tajimake Yosan Sericulture Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Shirakawa-mura online tour planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Ishigaki to Shirakawa-mura in 8.5 hours. Traveling from Ishigaki in May, expect nights in Shirakawa-mura to be much colder, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Japan travel guide

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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.