23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

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

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
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 (The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses & Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen) and Ishikawa Jumoku Park (in Hakusan). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kenrokuen Garden, contemplate the long history of Nomura Family Samurai House, explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, and wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kanazawa trip itinerary maker.

Dallas, USA to Kanazawa is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight, tram, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 15 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Dallas in May, with highs in Kanazawa at 72°F and lows at 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen ©
Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen

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Matsumoto

Matsumoto ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, then deepen your understanding at Suzuki Shin-ichi Talent Education Institute, then explore the world behind art at Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Pond Tashiro.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Matsumoto trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Kanazawa to Matsumoto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Matsumoto are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Pond Tashiro ©
Pond Tashiro
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum ©
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum

4
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.
When in Kyoto, make a side trip to see Todai-ji Temple in Nara, approximately Nara away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, visit Gion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ginkakuji Temple, and hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip builder tool.

You can take a train from Matsumoto to Kyoto in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in May, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle

3
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.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Nara Park, &more) and Yoshimura Residence (in Habikino). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, make a trip to Kuchu Teien Observatory, and wander the streets of Dotombori District.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka trip planner.

You can drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Osaka are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotombori District ©
Dotombori District

1
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Himeji

Himeji ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Takamikura.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji online route planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Himeji in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Osaka in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Himeji, with highs around 76°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Koko-en ©
Koko-en
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle

3
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Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©

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: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hiroshima itinerary website.

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, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

3
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Ishigaki

Ishigaki ©
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Ishigaki is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head into the lower depths with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour, visit a coastal fixture at Oganzaki Lighthouse, stop by Ishigaki Port Ritoh Terminal, and take in panoramic vistas at Tamatorizaki Observatory.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Ishigaki trip planning website.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Hiroshima to Ishigaki in 6 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hiroshima in June; daily highs in Ishigaki reach 89°F and lows reach 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour ©
Kabira Bay ©
Kabira Bay
Tamatorizaki Observatory ©
Tamatorizaki Observatory

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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.
Step out of Tokyo with an excursion to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama--about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, have some family-friendly fun at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, get engrossed in the history at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Tokyo Skytree.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tokyo road trip site.

You can fly from Ishigaki to Tokyo in 5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Ishigaki in June, with highs in Tokyo at 79°F and lows at 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

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