19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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19 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Cebu City, Cebu Island
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Tokyo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Narusawa-mura
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Matsumoto
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Kanazawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Kyoto
— 6 nights
train:  45​min
6
Himeji
— 1 night
train:  1​h
7
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Cebu City, Cebu Island

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.
Tokyo National Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, shop like a local with Ginza, admire the landmark architecture of Imperial Palace, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo vacation builder app .

Cebu City, Philippines to Tokyo is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Traveling from Cebu City to Tokyo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November, Tokyo is much colder than Cebu City - with highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Narusawa-mura.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Sensō-ji ©
Sensō-ji
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

1
night
Narusawa-mura

Narusawa-mura ©
A village at the foothills of Mt.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): get great views at Panoramic Viewing Platform and then contemplate the geological forces at Mount Fuji.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Narusawa-mura trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Tokyo to Narusawa-mura in 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in November: highs in Narusawa-mura hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Matsumoto.

Things to do in Narusawa-mura

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck, Mount Fuji
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Mount Fuji ©
Mount Fuji
Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck ©
Lake Yamanaka Panorama Deck

1
night
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 22nd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Kaichi Gakko Primary School, step into the grandiose world of Matsumoto Castle, then contemplate the long history of Yohashira Shrine, then wander the streets of Nakamachi Street, and finally take a stroll through Nawate Shopping District.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Matsumoto trip planner .

Traveling by car from Narusawa-mura to Matsumoto takes 2.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Matsumoto when traveling from Narusawa-mura in November, with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Matsumoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Matsumoto Castle ©
Matsumoto Castle
Kaichi Gakko Primary School ©
Kaichi Gakko Primary School
Yohashira Shrine ©
Yohashira Shrine

2
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Omicho Market, contemplate the long history of Higashichaya Old Town, then explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, and finally explore the world behind art at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, then browse the different shops at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center, then admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station, and finally cruise along Chirihama Nagisa Driveway.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kanazawa, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Matsumoto to Kanazawa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
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Kenrokuen Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
Kanazawa Castle ©
Kanazawa Castle
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Higashichaya Old Town

6
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.
Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo-jo Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Kyoto's surroundings by going to Todai-ji Temple (in Nara) and Osaka (Osaka Castle, Universal Studios Japan, & more). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, admire the natural beauty at Shosei-en Garden, snap pictures at Togetsukyo Bridge, and contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip website .

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In November, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osaka, Todai-ji Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Otemae Street, take in nature's colorful creations at Kokoen Garden, then steep yourself in history at Himeji Castle, and finally make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Himeji trip planner .

You can take a train from Kyoto to Himeji in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites Parks
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Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Koko-en Garden ©
Koko-en Garden
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Itsukushima Shrine. Take a break from Hiroshima with a short trip to Miyajima in Hatsukaichi, about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, pause for some photo ops at Children's Peace Monument, take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima day trip website .

Take a train from Himeji to Hiroshima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

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