24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Madison
Fly:  27 h
1
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Kanazawa
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h
6
Yakushima-cho
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  29 h
End: Madison

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Visiting Miyajima and Mikasahama Beach will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Daishoin Temple and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. Venture out of the city with trips to Hatsukaichi (Senjokaku, Itsukushima Shrine, &more) and JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima online day trip planner.

Madison, USA to Hiroshima is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Madison to Hiroshima due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Madison in October; daily highs in Hiroshima reach 73°F and lows reach 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, JMSDF Kure Museum
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Senjokaku ©
Senjokaku
Daishoin Temple ©
Daishoin Temple

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 17th (Thu): examine the collection at Kawasaki Good Times World, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at Arima Onsen, see the interesting displays at Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda, thensee the interesting displays at Glico Museum, and finally shop like a local with Dotombori District. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, thenexamine the collection at Kids Plaza Osaka, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Gallery.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Osaka itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Osaka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. October in Osaka sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kobe, Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
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Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda ©
Cup Noodle Museum Osaka Ikeda
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Miho Museum and Mt. Kurama. Get a sense of the local culture at Kinkaku-ji and Arashiyama. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Omimaiko Beach (in Otsu), Metasequoia Namiki (in Takashima) and Sagawa Art Museum (in Moriyama). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Nijo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chion-in Temple, examine the collection at Ikebana Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kamogawa River.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kyoto driving holiday planning site.

Getting from Osaka to Kyoto by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kyoto are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Neighborhoods Parks Museums

Side Trips

Omimaiko Beach, Miho Museum, Metasequoia Namiki, Sagawa Art Museum, Lake Biwa
Highlights from your plan
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kyoto Railway Museum ©
Kyoto Railway Museum

4
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
You'll explore and learn at D. T. Suzuki Museum and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Shop till you drop at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center and Amanatto Kawamura. Explore Kanazawa's surroundings by going to Shirakawa-mura (Wada House & The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses), Nanto (Suganuma Gassho Community, Gokayama, &more) and Natadera Temple (in Komatsu). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Maruoka Castle, appreciate the views at Kakusenkei Gorge, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, and make a trip to Kanazawa Station.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kanazawa sightseeing tool.

Drive from Kyoto to Kanazawa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Nanto, Shirakawa-mura, Kakusenkei Gorge, Maruoka Castle, Natadera Temple
Highlights from your plan
Ainokura Gassho Community ©
Ainokura Gassho Community
Suganuma Gassho Community ©
Suganuma Gassho Community
D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
D. T. Suzuki Museum

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tokyo National Museum and Asakusa Shrine. Head to Ginza and Asakusafor some retail therapy. Step out of Tokyo to go to Hakone-machi and see Pola Museum of Art, which is approximately 2 hours away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Takeshita Street, and visit Odaiba District.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Tokyo trip simple and quick.

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in October, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Pola Museum of Art
Highlights from your plan
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

2
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
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.
On the 1st (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yakusugi Land. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): examine the collection at The Yakushima World Heritage Conservation Center, learn more about the world around you at Yakusugi Museum, and then get outside with Isso Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho tour planning app.

You can fly from Tokyo to Yakushima-cho in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Tokyo in November, things will get a bit warmer in Yakushima-cho: highs are around 70°F and lows about 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Isso Beach ©
Isso Beach
Yakusugi Museum ©
Yakusugi Museum

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