23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan vacation planner

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Matsumoto
— 1 night
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Takayama
— 1 night
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
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Fukuoka
— 6 nights
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Tokyo

— 3 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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, walk around Rikugien Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and take a stroll through Akihabara.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tokyo trip builder.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from London to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in November, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 19°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Matsumoto

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): make a trip to Matsumoto Castle, stop by Nakamachi Street, then admire the masterpieces at Matsumoto City Art Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Yohashira Shrine.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Matsumoto online travel planner.

Drive from Tokyo to Matsumoto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in November; daily highs in Matsumoto reach 14°C and lows reach 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Takayama

— 1 night
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): examine the collection at Hirata Folk Art Museum (Hirata Kinen-kan), visit Sanmachi Suji, then admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato).

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Takayama trip planning tool.

You can drive from Matsumoto to Takayama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. November in Takayama sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): explore the activities along Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, then don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Kanazawa online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple, and stop by Arashiyama.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto tour planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Daishoin Temple, Itsukushima Shrine, &more). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hiroshima trip planning app.

Getting from Kyoto to Hiroshima by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Fukuoka

— 6 nights

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fukuoka: Onojo - Chikuzenkoku (in Onojo), Dazaifu (Komyozen-ji Temple, Dazaifu Tenman-gu, &more) and Kumamoto (Sakuranobaba Johsaien, Kumamoto Castle, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, admire the natural beauty at Uminonakamichi Seaside Park, relax and rejuvenate at Organic Esthe Salon Fuu, and admire the striking features of Hakata Station.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Fukuoka trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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.