19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan trip itinerary planner

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Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Fujiyoshida
— 1 night
Drive
3
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Osaka
— 4 nights
Train
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train
6
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
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Tokyo

— 4 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.
Step out of Tokyo to go to Maihama and see Tokyo DisneySea, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, get a sense of history and politics at Imperial Palace, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and take a stroll through Odaiba District.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Tokyo journey tool.

Mexico City, Mexico to Tokyo is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 15 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Mexico City in March, with highs in Tokyo at 17°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Fujiyoshida.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 2 — 6:

Fujiyoshida

— 1 night
A gateway to the volcano, Fujiyoshida sits in the shadow of a giant, and everything across the city seemingly points toward the iconic symbol of national pride, Mount Fuji.
You've now added Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Oshino Hakkai, steep yourself in history at Sangen Jaya Historic Site, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine, pause for some photo ops at Horai Kameiwa Hachidai Ryujin Monument, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Arakura Fuji Sengen Jinja, and finally don't miss a visit to Chureito Pagoda.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Fujiyoshida trip planner.

You can drive from Tokyo to Fujiyoshida in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Tokyo in March, expect nights in Fujiyoshida to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are little chillier, around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fujiyoshida

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 6 — 7:

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kofuku-ji Temple as well as Todai-ji Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Kizugawa (kaijyusenji Temple & Gansenji), Nishiyama Park (in Nagaokakyo) and Thirteen Story Pagoda (in Kasagi-cho). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, wander the streets of Arashiyama, and contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kyoto route planning website.

Traveling by car from Fujiyoshida to Kyoto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Fujiyoshida in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Kyoto, with highs around 16°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 7 — 10:

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.
Universal Studios Japan has been added to your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Osaka: Koya-cho (Mt. Koya, Koyasan Okunoin, &more) and Izumisano (Mt. Inunaki, Gyoja no Taki, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, visit Dotombori District, get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Osaka online itinerary builder.

Drive from Kyoto to Osaka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 10 — 14:

Hiroshima

— 3 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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hiroshima tour planner.

You can take a train from Osaka to Hiroshima in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 17:

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 17th (Wed): examine the collection at Ishikawa Prefectural Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts, admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, steep yourself in history at Kanazawa Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, then make a trip to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, and finally make a trip to Omicho Market. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Nagase house, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, contemplate the long history of Wada House, enjoy breathtaking views from Tenshukakau Observatory, then contemplate the long history of Shima, and finally don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa online itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kanazawa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In March, Kanazawa is slightly colder than Hiroshima - with highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 17 — 19:

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.