23 days in Japan Itinerary

23 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan route planner

Make it your trip
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Tokyo
— 5 nights
Train
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Kanazawa
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Kyoto
— 5 nights
Drive
4
Osaka
— 4 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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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.
Take a break from Tokyo with a short trip to Tokyo DisneySea in Maihama, about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, walk around Ueno Park, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip itinerary builder app.

London, UK to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours. Traveling from London in March, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 4 — 10:

Kanazawa

— 3 nights
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 (Nagase house, The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, and explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kanazawa online road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Kanazawa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in March; daily highs in Kanazawa reach 13°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 10 — 13:

Kyoto

— 5 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: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, stop by Gion, browse the eclectic array of goods at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip planning site.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In March in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 13 — 18:

Osaka

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Himeji (Shoshazan Engyoji, Himeji Castle, &more) and Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, stop by Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotombori, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and wander the streets of Dotombori District.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka journey maker app.

Getting from Kyoto to Osaka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Osaka can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 18 — 22:

Hiroshima

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Senjokaku, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hiroshima holiday builder website.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In March, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 22 — 26:

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.