23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kagoshima
— 1 night
2
Takachiho-cho
— 1 night
3
Beppu
— 1 night
4
Fukuoka
— 2 nights
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
6
Onomichi
— 1 night
7
Imabari
— 2 nights
8
Osaka
— 2 nights
9
Kyoto
— 2 nights
10
Ena
— 1 night
11
Yamanouchi-machi
— 2 nights
12
Tokyo
— 4 nights

1
night
Kagoshima

Kagoshima ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Shiroyama Observatory and then go for a walk through Sengan-en. Here are some ideas for day two: sample the tasty concoctions at Musougura, then get impressive views of Sakurajima, and then admire the masterpieces at Nagashima Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kagoshima trip tool.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Kagoshima is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tel Aviv in September; daily highs in Kagoshima reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sakurajima ©
Sakurajima
Sengan-en ©
Sengan-en
Nagashima Museum ©
Nagashima Museum

1
night
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
On the 29th (Sun), take in the pleasant sights at Takachihokyo Passage, explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takachiho Shrine, then take in the pleasant sights at Amano Yasugawara, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Iwato Shrine.

To find out how to plan a trip to Takachiho-cho, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kagoshima to Takachiho-cho in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Beppu.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara
Takachiho Gorge ©
Takachiho Gorge
Takachiho Shrine ©
Takachiho Shrine

1
night
Beppu

Beppu ©
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Kamado Jigoku, take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu, then take in the natural beauty of Umi Jigoku, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Beppu online route planner.

You can drive from Takachiho-cho to Beppu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Beppu can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Beppu

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago
Highlights from your plan
Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago ©
Oita Marine Palace Aquarium Umitamago
Hells of Beppu ©
Hells of Beppu
Onsen Resorts

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): explore the world behind art at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Hakatamachiya Furusatokan, then enjoy breathtaking views from Fukuoka Tower, and finally kick back and relax at Miyajihama Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): go for a walk through Ohori Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushida Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Komyozen-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dazaifu Tenman-gu, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Komenoyama Obsevatory.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Fukuoka sightseeing planning app.

You can drive from Beppu to Fukuoka in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Fukuoka can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Dazaifu, Komenoyama Obsevatory, Miyajihama Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ohori Park ©
Ohori Park
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Dazaifu Tenman-gu
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum ©
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

2
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine, then head off the coast to Miyajima, and then kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Fukuoka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Onomichi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Miyajima
Miyajima

1
night
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 5th (Sat): stop by Michi-no-Eki Cross Road Mitsugi, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Fukuyama University Marine Biocenter Aquarium, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kosanji Temple, and finally stroll around Senkoji & Senkoji Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Onomichi trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Onomichi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Hiroshima in October: highs in Onomichi hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Imabari.

Things to do in Onomichi

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Senkoji & Senkoji Park ©
Senkoji & Senkoji Park
Kosanji Temple ©
Kosanji Temple

2
nights
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.
On the 6th (Sun), take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Kiro Observatory Park, then explore the activities along Kamogawa River, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Central Shrine of Ishizuchi Jinja, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nishiyama Koryuji Temple. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Hakata Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishiteji, then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally don't miss a visit to Shinrokaku.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Imabari tour planning tool.

Drive from Onomichi to Imabari in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Imabari, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Imabari

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Saijo, Matsuyama
Highlights from your plan
Ishiteji ©
Ishiteji
Mt. Kiro Observatory Park ©
Mt. Kiro Observatory Park
Onsen Resorts

2
nights
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.
On the 8th (Tue), take a stroll through Dotombori District and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and then get your game on at Sunset Owl Cafe.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Osaka day trip planning tool.

Drive from Imabari to Osaka in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In October in Osaka, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ©
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Heian Shrine, contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, then don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle, and finally stop by Gion.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Kyoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Ena.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

1
night
Ena

Ena ©
On the 12th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Nakasendo Hiroshige Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Naegi Castle Ruins, steep yourself in history at Iwamura Castle Ruins, admire the striking features of Former Kimura Residence, then get to know the fascinating history of Iwamura Historical Town, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Iwamura SAKE Brewery.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ena tour itinerary maker site.

Getting from Kyoto to Ena by car takes about 3 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kyoto in October: highs in Ena hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yamanouchi-machi.

Things to do in Ena

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Naegi Castle Ruins
Highlights from your plan
Naegi Castle Ruins ©
Naegi Castle Ruins
Iwamura Castle Ruins ©
Iwamura Castle Ruins
Nakasendo Hiroshige Art Museum ©
Nakasendo Hiroshige Art Museum

2
nights
Yamanouchi-machi

Yamanouchi-machi ©
The resort town of Yamanouchi-machi has plenty of contrasting, but complementary things going for it.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, then admire the natural beauty at Kijimadaira Yamabiko no Oka Koen, and then make a trip to Amidado. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Kobayashi Farm and then head outdoors with Shigakogen Plateau.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Yamanouchi-machi route planner.

Drive from Ena to Yamanouchi-machi in 4 hours. Traveling from Ena in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Yamanouchi-machi, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Yamanouchi-machi

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kobayashi Farm, Kijimadaira Yamabiko no Oka Koen, Amidado
Highlights from your plan
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park ©
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Shigakogen Plateau ©
Shigakogen Plateau
Kijimadaira Yamabiko no Oka Koen ©
Kijimadaira Yamabiko no Oka Koen

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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.
Bring the kids along to Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Disneyland. Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Skytree, and admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tokyo online travel planner.

You can drive from Yamanouchi-machi to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Yamanouchi-machi in October, things will get a bit warmer in Tokyo: highs are around 26°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Urayasu
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea ©
Tokyo DisneySea
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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