23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Osaka International Airport, Drive to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
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Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Subway to Nihombashi, Foot to Tokyo, Train to Nagano
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Nagano
— 3 nights
Train
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Tokyo
— 10 nights
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Kyoto

— 5 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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and Kinkaku-ji. Get some historical perspective at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Nara (Todai-ji Temple, Nara Park, &more) and Dotombori District (in Dotombori). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daiho-In Hall, take a tour by water with Hero Tour Japan, and gear up at Fuuka-Kimono.

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Linton, UK to Kyoto is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Linton to Kyoto due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Linton in October; daily highs in Kyoto reach 27°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Himeji

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Himeji Central Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Koko-en, then step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Himeji tour app.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Hiroshima

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Itsukushima Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Imaise Shrine. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally pause for some photo ops at Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima route builder website.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nagano.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Nagano

— 3 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
Escape the urban bustle at Snow Monkey Resorts and Lake Kagami. Matsumoto Castle and Zenko-ji Temple will appeal to history buffs. Explore Nagano's surroundings by going to Matsumoto (Kaichi Gakko Primary School & Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan)). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Shrine Okusha, steep yourself in history at Old Battlefield of Kawanakajima, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Iizuna Highlands Oyachi Marsh.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Nagano travel planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight, subway, and train from Hiroshima to Nagano takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Hiroshima in October; daily highs in Nagano reach 21°C and lows reach 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nagano

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Tokyo

— 10 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.
Get outdoors at Lake Ashinoko and Enoshima Island. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo National Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu (in Hakone-machi), Fuji (Imamiya Tea Plantation & Nature & Wildlife Tours) and Hakone Skyline (in Gotemba). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, hike along Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi, take an in-depth tour of Edo-Tokyo Museum, and wander the streets of Ginza.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by train from Nagano to Tokyo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagano in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 26°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
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.