24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
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Matsumoto
— 2 nights
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Osaka
— 3 nights
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Tokyo

— 4 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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, stop by Odaiba District, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

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Rome, Italy to Tokyo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. In May, daytime highs in Tokyo are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Matsumoto

— 2 nights
A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm.
On the 27th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, then stop by Hanakomichi, and then gain insight at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Karasawa Carl, delve into the lush surroundings at Larch Forests In Kamikochi area, then delve into the lush surroundings at Tashiro Shitsugen, and finally explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Matsumoto journey planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Matsumoto, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Outdoors · Shopping · Nature · Parks

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Shirakawa-mura (Wada House, Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, &more) and Ishikawa Jumoku Park (in Hakusan). There's still lots to do: stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, make a trip to Omicho Market, contemplate the waterfront views at Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, and contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House.

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You can drive from Matsumoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Matsumoto in May since evenings lows in Kanazawa dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Kyoto

— 5 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.
When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Todai-ji Temple in Nara, approximately Nara away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Arashiyama, make a trip to Nijo Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

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Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Kyoto sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Osaka

— 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Osaka: Nara (Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, and take a stroll through Dotombori District.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Osaka sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Himeji

— 1 night
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 9th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Takamikura.

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Traveling by train from Osaka to Himeji takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Osaka in June, expect nights in Himeji to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are slightly colder, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hiroshima

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In June in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 23°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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.