23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour planner

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Fly to Tokyo Haneda, Train to Kyoto
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Train
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Okayama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kurashiki
— 2 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Fukuoka
— 1 night
Drive
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Nagasaki
— 2 nights
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Drive to Shimabara Ferry Terminal, Ferry to Kumamoto Port, Drive to Miyazaki
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Miyazaki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Ishigaki
— 2 nights
Fly to Narita International Airport, Drive to Ibaraki-machi
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Ibaraki-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Fly

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Kyoto

— 3 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Nijo Castle and Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gio-ji Temple and Kamigamo Shrine. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Hiei, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and examine the collection at Kyoto Railway Museum.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Kyoto trip simple and quick.

Chicago, USA to Kyoto is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Chicago to Kyoto, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. In June in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Osaka

— 2 nights
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 11th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ethnology, then see the interesting displays at Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, then see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and finally stroll around Nakanoshima Park. On the next day, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Osaka Museum of History, and finally take a stroll through Dotombori District.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Osaka day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. June in Osaka sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Okayama

— 2 nights
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the landscape on two wheels at Kibi Plain Bicycle Route, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsu Shrine, and then boost your wellbeing at Setouchi Onsen Tamanoyu. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a peaceful walk through Tatsunokuchi Green Shower Forest, step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle, explore the world behind art at Okayama Orient Museum, explore the world behind art at Yumeji Art Museum (Yumeji-Kyodo Bijutsukan), then explore the world behind art at Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art, and finally get engrossed in the history at Inukai Bokudo Memorial Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Okayama online vacation builder.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Okayama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kurashiki.

Things to do in Okayama

Baths · Spas · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Kurashiki

— 2 nights
A town once known for its industriousness, today Kurashiki enjoys a reputation for its architecture and art.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Kake Art Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, explore the world behind art at Ohara Museum of Art, then examine the collection at Momotarou-no-Karakuri-Hakubutsukan, then steep yourself in history at Former Nozakike House, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Washu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): examine the collection at Shoka Museum Ikegamitei, explore the historical opulence of Bitchu Matsuyama Castle, explore the historical opulence of Kinojo Castle, then make a trip to Kinojo Iwaya, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bicchukokubunji Temple.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kurashiki online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Okayama to Kurashiki in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kurashiki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.
On the 17th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Mazda Museum, kick back and relax at Bay Side Beach Saka, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitaki Temple, and finally appreciate the history behind Peace Bell. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, then make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip website.

You can take a train from Kurashiki to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trips

Fukuoka

— 1 night

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.
To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Fukuoka trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Fukuoka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of ferry and flight. June in Fukuoka sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 68°F at night. You'll set off for Nagasaki on the 19th (Sun).

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Nagasaki

— 2 nights

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. This history, of course, remains important to the city, its inhabitants, and to the wider world, and should not be forgotten.
On the 19th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Suwa Shrine, steep yourself in history at Nyokodo, Nagai Takashi Museum, see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, then get engrossed in the history at Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Inasayama Onsen Fuku no yu, and finally explore the world behind art at Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofukuji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Higashiyamate Ko Jusanbankan, then see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Shipyard Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Nakamachi Church.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nagasaki travel planner.

You can drive from Fukuoka to Nagasaki in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In June in Nagasaki, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Miyazaki.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas

Miyazaki

— 2 nights
Enjoying some of the warmest weather on Japan's main islands, Miyazaki thrived as a resort town in the 1980s, with hotels, beaches, and seafood restaurants galore.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Okuragahama Beach and Aoshima Beach. Aoshima Shrine and Miyzaki Science Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Miyazaki's surroundings by going to Takachihonomine (in Miyakonojo), Omi Shrine (in Hyuga) and Kirishima Higashi Shrine (in Takaharu-cho). Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Aoshima Island, get engrossed in the history at Miyazaki Prefectural Museum of Nature and History, and indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Miyazaki online trip maker.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Nagasaki to Miyazaki in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June in Miyazaki, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can fly to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyazaki

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Ishigaki

— 2 nights
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 24th (Fri), see the interesting displays at MInsah Kogei Museum, get engrossed in the history at Memorial Hall of Yoko Gushiken, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Island Countryside Settlement, then kick back and relax at Kondoi Beach, and finally see the interesting displays at Taketomi Folk Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nosoko Mape, then stroll through Akashi Beach, and then kick back and relax at Sunset Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Ishigaki trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by flight from Miyazaki to Ishigaki takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Miyazaki in June, with highs in Ishigaki at 89°F and lows at 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ibaraki-machi.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Ibaraki-machi

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): make a trip to Ibaraki Airport Park, then play a few rounds at Ishioka Golf Club, then steep yourself in history at Front Gate of Government Office of Shishido Domain, and finally don't miss a visit to Pocket Farm Dokidoki.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ibaraki-machi online road trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ishigaki to Ibaraki-machi. Traveling from Ishigaki in June, expect Ibaraki-machi to be little chillier, temps between 76°F and 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ibaraki-machi

Outdoors · Golf · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

Tokyo

— 2 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.
On the 27th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Kokyo Gaien National Garden, take an in-depth tour of Kanda Myojin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, then admire the masterpieces at Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, then admire the masterpieces at The National Art Center, Tokyo, and finally explore the world behind art at 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo, hit the best photo ops around with Kimono Kawaii Company Shibuya, then contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, and finally wander the streets of Ueno District.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

You can drive from Ibaraki-machi to Tokyo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. June in Tokyo sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 67°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

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.