24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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24 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Monterrey
+2
bus + Drive + Fly:  20​h
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Kyoto
— 1 night
train:  1​h
3
Nara
— 1 day
train:  1​h
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
6
Osaka
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
7
Tokyo
— 11 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Monterrey

2
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.
You've added Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Godzilla Head, Meiji Jingu Shrine, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 17th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Godzilla Head, then take some stellar pictures from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, then make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and finally shop like a local with Takeshita Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Hachiko.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo sightseeing tool .

Monterrey, Mexico to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, car, and flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Monterrey to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Takeshita Street ©
Takeshita Street
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

1
night
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 list of things to see and do now includes Kyoto Imperial Palace, Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, Nijo Castle, and other attractions. On the 19th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, contemplate the long history of Kyoto Imperial Palace, get to know the fascinating history of Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, then explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kyoto trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In August in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

1
day
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 Todai-ji Temple as well as Kofuku-ji Temple. On the 20th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, stroll around Nara Park, and then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nara trip builder website .

Take a train from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. August in Nara sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kofuku-ji Temple
Kofuku-ji Temple
Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple

3
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
Your list of things to see and do now includes 着物岡本Rental Kimono Okamoto Main Shop, Hokan-ji Temple Yasaka no To, Gion Corner, and other attractions. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tenryuji Temple and then make a trip to Arashiyama.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kyoto road trip website .

Getting from Nara to Kyoto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and subway. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Nightlife Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Tenryuji Temple ©
Tenryuji Temple
Arashiyama ©
Arashiyama

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shukkei-en Garden, Hiroshima Castle, Miyajima Public Aquarium, and other attractions you added. On the 23rd (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, admire the natural beauty at Shukkei-en Garden, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, contemplate the long history of Peace Flame, then appreciate the history behind Peace Bell, and finally contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine Torii, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Miyajima Public Aquarium, and then get into the festive atmosphere at Miyajima Fireworks.

To plan Hiroshima vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. August in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Events Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Peace Bell ©
Peace Bell
Shukkei-en Garden ©
Shukkei-en Garden

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dotombori Glico Sign, Tsutenkaku and Shinsekai. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): stroll through Nakanoshima Park, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, make a trip to Dotombori Glico Sign, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, then make a trip to Shinsekai, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Tsutenkaku. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka trip website .

Take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August in Osaka, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tokyo.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

11
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
You've added Tokyo DisneySea, Meiji Jingu Shrine, TOKYO ONE PIECE TOWER, and other attractions to your itinerary. Explore Tokyo further: admire the striking features of Tokyo Tower and take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo tour planner .

You can take a train from Osaka to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kamakura, Urayasu, Ghibli Museum Mitaka, Azuma Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo Disneyland ©
Tokyo Disneyland
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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