23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 2 nights
Train
2
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
3
Himeji
Train
4
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
5
Nagasaki
— 1 night
Drive
6
Fukuoka
— 1 night
Train
7
Onomichi
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Imabari
— 1 night
Drive
9
Marugame
— 1 night
Drive
10
Miyoshi
Drive
11
Takamatsu
— 1 night
Train
12
Kobe
— 1 night
Train to Osaka, Train to Nara
13
Nara
— 1 night
Train
14
Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Drive
15
Tokyo
— 3 nights
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ritsugenji and Shirai. Get some cultural insight at Hongaku-ji Temple and Shusse Kannon.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

Manchester, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Tokyo is 9 hours. Traveling from Manchester in June, expect Tokyo to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 22°C. On the 9th (Sun), you'll travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
On the 10th (Mon), make a trip to Fushimi Sake Village, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hoshaku-ji Temple, examine the collection at Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Benzaiten Chokeiji Temple, and finally wander the streets of Fushimi Suigo. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Higashi Hongan-ji Fushimi Betsuin Temple, explore the activities along Uji River, contemplate the long history of Byodoin, then don't miss a visit to Hokai-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gokonomiya Shrine.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kyoto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Wed) before leaving for Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishino Hoden Oishi Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Yoneda Taishiji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kashima Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Nishi no Maru.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Himeji trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Kyoto in June, plan for little chillier days in Himeji, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine, then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima, and then appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mashikeitsukushima Shrine, and finally examine the collection at JMSDF Kure Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima holiday planning website.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Nagasaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Nagasaki

— 1 night

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 15th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Suwa Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture, admire the masterpieces at Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, take an in-depth tour of Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, then see the interesting displays at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and finally walk around Nagasaki Peace Park. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Nakamachi Church and then head off the coast to Iojima Island.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Nagasaki vacation planning site.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Nagasaki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Nagasaki can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Nagasaki

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

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.
For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Fukuoka holiday builder tool.

You can drive from Nagasaki to Fukuoka in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. On the 17th (Mon), you'll travel to Onomichi.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Onomichi

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saikokuji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bingo Ichinomiya Kibitsu Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abuto Kannon (Bandai-ji Temple Kannondo), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fukuzen-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tomo no Ura. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Ikuchi Bridge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Shirataki, and then kick back and relax at Setoda Sunset Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Onomichi trip planner.

Take a train from Fukuoka to Onomichi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In June in Onomichi, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 20°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Imabari.

Things to do in Onomichi

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Imabari

— 1 night
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 19th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Oyamazumi Shrine and then head outdoors with Hakata Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Imabari trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Onomichi to Imabari in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Marugame.

Things to do in Imabari

Museums · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Marugame

— 1 night
Marugame is a city located in Kagawa Prefecture, Japan., the city has an estimated population of 109,922 and a population density of 980 persons per km². Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Marugame Castle.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Marugame route builder site.

Traveling by car from Imabari to Marugame takes 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Miyoshi.

Things to do in Marugame

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Miyoshi

A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): examine the collection at Heike Yashiki Museum of Folklore, then see the interesting displays at Yokai Yashiki, and then get engrossed in the history at Ikeda Tabacco Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Miyoshi online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Marugame to Miyoshi in 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Miyoshi are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Miyoshi

Museums · Historic Sites

Takamatsu

— 1 night

Gateway to Shikoku

A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Takamatsu City Museum of Art and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Negoroji Temple.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Takamatsu road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Miyoshi to Takamatsu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Museums · Historic Sites

Kobe

— 1 night
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishide Chinjuinari Shrine and then get a sense of history and politics at Hyogoken Kokan.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kobe trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by train from Takamatsu to Kobe takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Sun) before leaving for Nara.

Things to do in Kobe

Historic Sites · Museums

Nara

— 1 night

Ancient City

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Koninji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jikoin, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yatadera Temple.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nara trip planner.

You can take a train from Kobe to Nara in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In June in Nara, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to fly to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hakone-machi

— 1 night
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Hakone-machi attractions tool.

Take a train from Nara to Hakone-machi in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Nara in June, expect Hakone-machi to be little chillier, temps between 23°C and 21°C. You will leave for Tokyo on the 25th (Tue).

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Tokyo

— 3 nights
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ichinomiyakan Akutagawa-So and Sōgen-ji Temple. Get in touch with nature at Tsutsugaura Beach and Hitotsumatsu Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Mobara Park (in Mobara) and Chosei Kannon (in Chosei-mura).

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tokyo travel route builder.

You can drive from Hakone-machi to Tokyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in June: highs in Tokyo hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 22°C. You will leave for home on the 28th (Fri).

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.