23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
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Fujikawaguchiko-machi
— 2 nights
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Nagoya
— 2 nights
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Hikone
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Osaka
— 1 night
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Himeji
— 2 nights
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Onomichi
— 1 night
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Imabari
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Matsuyama
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
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Kitakyushu
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Fukuoka
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Kumamoto
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Kagoshima
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): examine the collection at Samurai Museum and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Hama Rikyu Gardens, snap pictures at Rainbow Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zojo-ji Temple, then admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower, and finally explore the world behind art at teamLab☆Planets.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo tour itinerary maker tool.

Paris, France to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Paris to Tokyo. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in September, with highs in Tokyo at 32°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Fujikawaguchiko-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Tours · Museums · Fun & Games · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Zojo-ji Temple ©
Zojo-ji Temple
Rainbow Bridge ©
Rainbow Bridge

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Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Fujikawaguchiko-machi ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Saiko Iyashi no Sato Nemba, admire the masterpieces at Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, examine the collection at Kawaguchiko Music Forest Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, and finally don't miss a visit to Chureito Pagoda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lake Yamanaka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine, take in the dramatic natural features at Funatsu Tainai Jugata Lava Tree Mold, then don't miss a visit to Mt. Fuji 5th Station, and finally trek along Yoshida Route.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Fujikawaguchiko-machi trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Fujikawaguchiko-machi: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Nagoya.

Things to do in Fujikawaguchiko-machi

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Lake Yamanaka ©
Lake Yamanaka
Mt. Fuji 5th Station ©
Mt. Fuji 5th Station
Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine ©
Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine

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Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 8th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Toyota Automobile Museum, examine the collection at Toyota Kaikan Museum, explore the world behind art at Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, then step into the grandiose world of Inuyama Castle, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kinka. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Higashiyama Zoo & Botanical Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street, and finally get curious at Nagoya City Science Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagoya trip tool.

Drive from Fujikawaguchiko-machi to Nagoya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Fujikawaguchiko-machi in September, you will find days in Nagoya are a bit warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can take a train to Hikone.

Things to do in Nagoya

Museums · Parks · Nature · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Toyota Kaikan Museum ©
Toyota Kaikan Museum
Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Toyota Automobile Museum ©
Toyota Automobile Museum

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Hikone

Hikone ©
A small city on the shores of the country's largest lake, Hikone draws in visitors with its fine castle.
On the 10th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Daishiji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Hikone Castle, step into the grandiose world of Hikone Castle Tenshu, get to know the fascinating history of Genkyuen Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Longevity Institute - Ohora Sarasvati, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryotanji Temple.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hikone trip planner.

Take a train from Nagoya to Hikone in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Hikone can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hikone

Highlights from your plan
Genkyuen Garden ©
Genkyuen Garden
Hikone Castle ©
Hikone Castle
Ryotanji Temple ©
Ryotanji Temple

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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, take in the spiritual surroundings of Toji, and then examine the collection at Kyoto Railway Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, then make a trip to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, and finally explore the activities along Kamogawa River.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Hikone to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Hikone in September, expect nights in Kyoto to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Beer Tastings & Tours
Kamogawa River ©
Kamogawa River

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Osaka

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 13th (Tue): observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, then stroll through Nakanoshima Park, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Umeda Sky Building.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Osaka, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Nakanoshima Park ©
Nakanoshima Park
Tempozan Ferris Wheel ©
Tempozan Ferris Wheel
Umeda Sky Building ©
Umeda Sky Building

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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.
On the 14th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, and then stroll around Himeji Park. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Kobe Port Tower, examine the collection at Kawasaki Good Times World, then admire the sheer force of Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), then take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, and finally snap pictures at Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip maker website.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Onomichi.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge ©
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

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Onomichi

Onomichi ©
A port city next to the inland sea, Onomichi maintains a small-town feel and a domestic reputation for well-preserved landmarks, quiet streets, and traditions.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): head off the coast to Mukaishima, admire the striking features of Onomichi City Hall, admire the masterpieces at Onomichi City Museum Of Art, admire the masterpieces at Manekineko Museums in Onomichi, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Senkoji & Senkoji Park, and finally admire the striking features of Komyo-ji Temple.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Onomichi trip itinerary maker app.

Take a train from Himeji to Onomichi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Himeji in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Onomichi, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Imabari.

Things to do in Onomichi

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Onomichi City Museum Of Art ©
Onomichi City Museum Of Art
Senkoji & Senkoji Park ©
Senkoji & Senkoji Park
Mukaishima ©
Mukaishima

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Imabari

Imabari ©
The city of Imabari encompasses several islands in Japan's inland sea, and due to this strategic location it changed hands regularly during the feudal era.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Kiro Observatory Park, don't miss a visit to Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge, get outside with Hakata Beach, then explore the world behind art at Omishima Museum of Art, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oyamazumi Shrine, and finally take in the waterfront at Miyaura Port.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Imabari journey site.

Traveling by car from Onomichi to Imabari takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Imabari

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Oyamazumi Shrine ©
Oyamazumi Shrine
Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge ©
Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge
Mt. Kiro Observatory Park ©
Mt. Kiro Observatory Park

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Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Akiyama Brothers' Birthplace, step into the grandiose world of Matsuyama Castle, make a trip to Dogo Onsen Station, stop by Dogo Onsengai, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yu Shrine, and finally make a trip to Bocchan Wind up Clock.

Plan my trip to Matsuyama with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Imabari to Matsuyama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Matsuyama sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Baths · Neighborhoods · Spas
Highlights from your plan
Matsuyama Castle ©
Matsuyama Castle
Bocchan Wind up Clock ©
Bocchan Wind up Clock
Yu Shrine ©
Yu Shrine

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Hiroshima

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Peace Flame, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hiroshima trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Matsuyama to Hiroshima in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Kitakyushu.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell
Shukkei-en Garden ©
Shukkei-en Garden

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Kitakyushu

Kitakyushu ©
An important gateway for trade and travel between Honshu and Kyushu, the city of Kitakyushu has an old industrial waterfront and provides access to a number of natural sites across the wider region.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History, don't miss a visit to Old Moji Zeikan, then examine the collection at Kyushu Railway History Museum, and finally stop by Mojiko Retro.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kitakyushu trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kitakyushu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Kitakyushu sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Kitakyushu

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kyushu Railway History Museum ©
Kyushu Railway History Museum
Mojiko Retro ©
Mojiko Retro

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Fukuoka

Fukuoka ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): admire the striking features of Hakata Station, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tochoji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakozaki Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Nanzoin, get engrossed in the history at Fukuoka City Museum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, then step off the mainland to explore Nokonoshima Island, and finally take some stellar pictures from Sakurai Futamigaura.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Fukuoka day trip website.

Traveling by car from Kitakyushu to Fukuoka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Fukuoka are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kumamoto.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Hakozaki Shrine ©
Hakozaki Shrine
Hakata Station ©
Hakata Station
Nokonoshima Island ©
Nokonoshima Island

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Kumamoto

Kumamoto ©
Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catholic Tetori Church, don't miss a visit to Kumamon Square, stroll around Tatsuta Natural Park, walk around Ishigamiyama Park, then walk around Hanaokayama Park, and finally walk around Kitaoka Natural Park.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kumamoto trip maker app.

Take a train from Fukuoka to Kumamoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Kumamoto are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tatsuta Natural Park ©
Tatsuta Natural Park
Kumamon Square ©
Kumamon Square
Catholic Tetori Church ©
Catholic Tetori Church

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Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©

Naples of the East

Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Arimura Lava Lookout, enjoy breathtaking views from Yunohira Lookout, then don't miss a visit to Sengan-en, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Shiroyama.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kagoshima planner.

Traveling by train from Kumamoto to Kagoshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Kagoshima are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Yunohira Lookout ©
Yunohira Lookout
Arimura Lava Lookout ©
Arimura Lava Lookout

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