23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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23 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  17​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  3​h
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h
3
Nara
— 1 night
Train:  3​h
4
Koya-cho
— 2 nights
Train:  4​h
5
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  1​h
6
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 30​min
7
Fukuoka
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Minamioguni-machi
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  2​h
9
Naha
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
10
Sapporo
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Tram + Train:  9​h
11
Nikko
— 1 night
Train:  4​h
12
Kanazawa
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 30​min
13
Tokyo
— 1 night
Fly:  22​h
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ueno, Sunshine City and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Tokyo National Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tokyo trip itinerary maker .

Los Angeles, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Tokyo is 17 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, expect Tokyo to be a bit cooler, temps between 14°C and 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Ueno ©
Ueno
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sanjusangendo Temple, Ginkaku-ji Temple, Kyoto International Manga Museum, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkaku-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. You will leave for Nara on the 26th (Wed).

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Kurama ©
Mt. Kurama
Sanjusangendo Temple ©
Sanjusangendo Temple
Katsura Imperial Villa
Katsura Imperial Villa

1
night
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Toshodaiji Temple. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Horyu-ji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nara trip planner .

Nara is just a short distance from Kyoto. In December in Nara, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Horyu-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

2
nights
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
On the next day, examine the collection at Osaka Museum of Housing and Living.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Koya-cho online road trip planner .

You can drive from Nara to Koya-cho in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Koya-cho can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Himeji.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Museums

Side Trip

Osaka Museum of Housing and Living
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Museum of Housing and Living ©
Osaka Museum of Housing and Living

1
night
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 30th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle and then take an in-depth tour of Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, read Himeji online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Koya-cho to Himeji by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History ©

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Miyajima as well as Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hiroshima tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Himeji to Hiroshima by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In December in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Mon) before leaving for Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Miyajima
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Miyajima ©
Miyajima

1
night
Fukuoka

Fukuoka
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.
For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Fukuoka itinerary builder .

Getting from Hiroshima to Fukuoka by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. You will leave for Minamioguni-machi on the 1st (Tue).

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites Parks Museums

1
night
Minamioguni-machi

Minamioguni-machi
Kurokawa Onsen has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): explore the activities along Ikeyama Springs and then boost your wellbeing at Kurokawa Onsen.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Minamioguni-machi tour website .

You can drive from Fukuoka to Minamioguni-machi in 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Minamioguni-machi are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll travel to Naha.

Things to do in Minamioguni-machi

Parks Baths Spas

Side Trip

Ikeyama Springs
Highlights from your plan
Ikeyama Springs
Ikeyama Springs

3
nights
Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
You've added Syureimon Gate, Naha Tourist Information Center, Yachimun Street, and other attractions to your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Naha to Kadena-cho to see Scuba & Snorkeling about 44 minutes away. There's more to do: step into the grandiose world of Shurijo Castle.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Naha route maker tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Minamioguni-machi to Naha. Traveling from Minamioguni-machi in January, expect nights in Naha to be much warmer, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sapporo.

Things to do in Naha

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters, Kerama Islands, Parasailing & Paragliding, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Kerama Islands ©
Kerama Islands
Scuba & Snorkeling
Parasailing & Paragliding

1
night
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sapporo Beer Museum, Odori Park and Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Space. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Space, get a sense of history and politics at Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, then stroll through Odori Park, then examine the collection at Sapporo Beer Museum, and finally take a stroll through Susukino.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sapporo trip app .

Fly from Naha to Sapporo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Naha in January, things will get much colder in Sapporo: highs are around -3°C and lows about -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nikko.

Things to do in Sapporo

Museums Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sapporo Beer Museum ©
Sapporo Beer Museum
Susukino ©
Susukino

1
night
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Taiyuimbyo Shrine, Kegon Falls, Ryuzu Waterfall, and other attractions. On the 6th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Kegon Falls, then admire the sheer force of Ryuzu Waterfall, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuzenji Temple.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nikko online holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, taxi, and train from Sapporo to Nikko takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, tram, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sapporo in January, with highs in Nikko at 7°C and lows at 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Taiyuimbyo Shrine ©
Taiyuimbyo Shrine
Ryuzu Waterfall ©
Ryuzu Waterfall
Nikko Tosho-gu ©
Nikko Tosho-gu

1
night
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
On the 8th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Suganuma Gassho Community, take a stroll through Gokayama, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then don't miss a visit to Kazuemachi Tea House Street, and finally contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa travel planner .

You can take a train from Nikko to Kanazawa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, tram, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Nikko in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kanazawa, with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Nanto
Highlights from your plan
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
Gokayama ©
Gokayama

1
night
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Tsukiji Market as well as Odaiba Tokyo Oedo-Onsen Monogatari. On the 8th (Tue), make a trip to The Tsukiji Market.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo itinerary builder site .

Getting from Kanazawa to Tokyo by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. When traveling from Kanazawa in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Baths Spas
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba Tokyo Oedo-Onsen Monogatari ©

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