24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train
2
Nagano
— 2 nights
Train
3
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
6
Kagoshima
— 1 night
Fly
7
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Fly to Fukuoka, Train to Beppu
8
Beppu
— 2 nights
Fly
9
Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Fuji
— 2 nights
Drive to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Fly to Detroit

S M T W T F S
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
1

Tokyo

— 3 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.
On the 4th (Sun), stroll through Showa Kinen Park, then kick back and relax at Odaiba Kaihin Koen (Odaiba Seaside Park), and then stop by Kagurazaka. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at The National Art Center, Tokyo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Kappabashi Street (Kappabashi Dogugai), and finally wander the streets of Ueno District.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

Detroit, USA to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. In November, Tokyo is somewhat warmer than Detroit - with highs of 62°F and lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Nagano

— 2 nights
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On the 6th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Matsushiro, soothe aching muscles at Juppukuno-yu, then learn about winemaking at Obuse Winery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple. On the next day, play a few rounds at Myoko Kogen.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nagano travel route planner.

You can take a train from Tokyo to Nagano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tokyo in November, with highs in Nagano at 54°F and lows at 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Nagano

Spas · Nature · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, don't miss a visit to Higashichaya Old Town, contemplate the long history of Shima, then take a stroll through Gokayama, then don't miss a visit to Suganuma Gassho Community, and finally contemplate the long history of Kanda house. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the views at Kakusenkei Gorge, take in the views from Ayatori Bridge, then contemplate the long history of Korogi Bridge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Natadera Temple.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kanazawa journey builder website.

Getting from Nagano to Kanazawa by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November in Kanazawa, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): wander the streets of Pontocho District. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, steep yourself in history at Ninna-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kennin-ji Temple.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Kyoto day trip website.

You can drive from Kanazawa to Kyoto in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods · Parks

Hiroshima

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): stroll through Yamaguchi Flower Land and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daishoin Temple. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Mikasahama Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senjokaku, and then step off the mainland to explore Suo-Oshima.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip itinerary planning site.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 49°F. On the 15th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kagoshima

— 1 night

Naples of the East

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 15th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kagoshima St. Xavier's Cathedral.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kagoshima trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kagoshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in November, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Yakushima-cho

— 2 nights
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaku Shrine, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Isso Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Yahazu Cape. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Tachudake, take in the views from Kosugidani Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Tashiro Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sandaisugi, and finally make a trip to Kawakamisugi.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Kagoshima to Yakushima-cho takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Kagoshima in November, with highs in Yakushima-cho at 70°F and lows at 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Beppu.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Beppu

— 2 nights
The resort town of Beppu puts the geothermal nature of the region to good use.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, take in the natural beauty of Kamado Jigoku, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at African Safari, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Kitsuki Castle Town. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Kumano Magaibutsu, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fukiji Temple, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Yukemuri Observatory.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Beppu sightseeing planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Yakushima-cho to Beppu in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in November, expect Beppu to be a bit cooler, temps between 63°F and 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Osaka.

Things to do in Beppu

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Spas

Side Trips

Osaka

— 2 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.
On the 21st (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Nunobiki Falls (Nunobiki-No-Taki), contemplate the long history of Osaka City Central Hall, and then stroll through Nara Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Osaka tenmangu shrine, then explore the engaging exhibits at Kids Plaza Osaka, and then contemplate the long history of Naramachi.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner.

You can fly from Beppu to Osaka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Fuji.

Things to do in Osaka

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Fuji

— 2 nights
Fuji is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bishamonten Myoho-ji Temple, examine the collection at Bernard Buffet Museum, don't miss a visit to Gempeigawa River, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryutakuji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sengen Shrine.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Fuji tour app.

You can drive from Osaka to Fuji in 5 hours. Traveling from Osaka in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Fuji, with lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Fuji

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Japan travel guide

4.3
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.