24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tokyo
— 5 nights
2
Hiroshima
— 6 nights
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
4
Nara
— 1 night
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
6
Okinawa City
— 2 nights
7
Hakone-machi
— 2 nights

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Asakusa Shrine and Hokokuji Temple (Takedera Temple). Get outdoors at Kamakura Hiking Trails and Mishima Lake. Venture out of the city with trips to Yomogi Fudodaki Waterfall (in Kamogawa), Kamakura (Raigoji Temple, Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), &more) and Okitsu Beach (in Katsuura). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Nezu Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Kanda Myojin, and don't miss a visit to Hozomon.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Tokyo trip builder app.

Mexico City, Mexico to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 15 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Mexico City in July, with highs in Tokyo at °C and lows at °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Katori, Yomogi Fudodaki Waterfall, Naritasan Omote Sando, Kashima Jingu
Highlights from your plan
Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple) ©
Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple)
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple

6
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Daishoin Temple and Tomo no Ura. Get a sense of the local culture at Senjokaku and Itsukushima Shrine Torii. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Fukuyama (Ryoma no Kakure Heya Masuya Seiemontaku, Fukuzen-ji Temple, &more), Former Naval Academy (in Etajima) and Hatsukaichi (Mikasahama Beach, Miyajima, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taikodani Inari Shrine, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, appreciate the history behind Peace Flame, and take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima online route planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Hiroshima in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Fukuyama, Tsuwano-cho, Former Naval Academy, Ini Rice Terraces
Highlights from your plan
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple
Mitaki Temple ©
Mitaki Temple
Itsukushima Shrine Torii ©
Itsukushima Shrine Torii

3
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.
Kinkaku-ji and Kennin-ji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Shimogamo Jinja and Nishi Honganji. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Kurama-dera, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Ishibe Alley, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August in Kyoto, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kurama-dera ©
Kurama-dera
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Joruri Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa, thenappreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Nara day trip site.

You can drive from Kyoto to Nara in an hour. Another option is to take a train. August in Nara sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Joruri Temple
Highlights from your plan
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Mt. Wakakusa ©
Mt. Wakakusa

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Tekijuku, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Yasui Shrine, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Hozenji Yokocho, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hōzen-ji Temple.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Osaka trip planner.

Getting from Nara to Osaka by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In August, daytime highs in Osaka are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Okinawa City.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho
Hōzen-ji Temple ©
Hōzen-ji Temple

2
nights
Okinawa City

Okinawa is the second-largest city in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, following Naha, the capital city. Get some historical perspective at Katsuren Castle Ruins and Shirumichu. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Blue Cave. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Okinawa City: Onna-son (Manza Dream Hole & Cape Manzamo) and Amamichu Tomb (in Uruma). Next up on the itinerary: see the vivid underwater world at Sunabe No.1, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Okinawa Zoo & Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Awase Shrine, and get in on the family fun at Southeast Botanical Gardens.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Okinawa City journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Osaka to Okinawa City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Okinawa City

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Onna-son, Uruma, Sunabe No.1, Sakima Art Museum
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Katsuren Castle Ruins ©
Katsuren Castle Ruins
Shirumichu ©
Shirumichu

2
nights
Hakone-machi

Hakone-machi ©
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 20th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Okada Museum of Art, trek along Hakone Stone‐paved Road, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), thensee the interesting displays at Lalique Museum Hakone, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Choanji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Hakone Museum of Art, thentake a memorable drive along Otome Toge, and then admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hakone-machi trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Okinawa City to Hakone-machi. In August in Hakone-machi, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Lalique Museum Hakone ©
Lalique Museum Hakone
Hakone Museum of Art ©
Hakone Museum of Art
Okada Museum of Art ©
Okada Museum of Art

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