24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nikko
— 1 day
Drive
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Kamakura
— 1 night
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
Drive
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Takayama
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 1 day
Drive
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Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train
8
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train
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Osaka
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Nara
— 2 nights
Drive
11
Koya-cho
— 1 night
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Tokyo

— 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Maihama (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). The adventure continues: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tokyo travel itinerary planner.

Athens, Greece to Tokyo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 7 hours. When traveling from Athens in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Tokyo: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nikko.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nikko

— 1 day
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): get in on the family fun at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura and then explore the striking landscape at Kammangafuchi Gorge.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nikko trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Nikko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Nikko, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kamakura.

Things to do in Nikko

Theme Parks · Nature · Parks
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Kamakura

— 1 night

Ancient City

The coastal town of Kamakura sits close to Tokyo, with the ancient settlement featuring a number of important historical and cultural sites.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Hase-dera Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kōtoku-in, then head off the coast to Enoshima Island, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kamakura journey planner.

You can drive from Nikko to Kamakura in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. June in Kamakura sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Kamakura

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Hakone-machi

— 1 night
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 27th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Owaku-dani Valley, stop by Owakudani Kurotamago Kan, then explore the activities along Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), and finally admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hakone-machi day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kamakura to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June in Hakone-machi, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Takayama.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Takayama

— 4 nights
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Explore Takayama's surroundings by going to Matsumoto (Taisho Pond, Pond Tashiro, &more) and Shirakawa-mura (Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, examine the collection at Takayama Showa Museum, head outdoors with Abo Pass, and get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato).

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Takayama holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Takayama takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hakone-machi in June, expect nights in Takayama to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Kanazawa

— 1 day
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 1st (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Kanazawa Station, don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then walk around Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, and finally walk around Kenrokuen Garden.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanazawa online travel route planner.

You can drive from Takayama to Kanazawa in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Kyoto

— 4 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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ginkakuji Temple, visit Gion, and shop like a local with Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Kyoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Hiroshima

— 1 night

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Hiroshima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 6th (Wed), you're off to Osaka.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

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.
Osaka is known for historic sites, theme parks, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, admire the landmark architecture of Kuchu Teien Observatory, make a trip to Tempozan Ferris Wheel, and wander the streets of Dotombori District.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Osaka trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Osaka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July in Osaka, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Nara

— 2 nights

Ancient City

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 9th (Sat), make a trip to Daibutsuden, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nara online journey planner.

You can drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Koya-cho.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Koya-cho

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Torodo Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koyasan Okunoin, relax and rejuvenate at Healing Space Koyasan Uguisu Seitaiin, make a trip to Koyasan Danjo Garan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): make a trip to Koyasan Station, contemplate the long history of Koyasan Daimon, examine the collection at Koyasan Reihokan Museum, then make a trip to Tanizeno Tsuribashi, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Moriyama Observatory.

For maps and other tourist information, read our Koya-cho trip builder website.

Drive from Nara to Koya-cho in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Koya-cho are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Koya-cho

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.