19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Auckland
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
2
Himeji
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
3
Okayama
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
4
Takamatsu
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
5
Matsuyama
— 2 nights
train:  1 h 30 min
6
Hiroshima
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
7
Onomichi
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
8
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
9
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: Auckland

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sunset Owl Cafe, Dotombori and Kuromon Market.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Osaka online sightseeing planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Osaka is an approximately 14.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Auckland in March, you will find days in Osaka are slightly colder (16°C), and nights are cooler (5°C). You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Fri) before leaving for Himeji.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Fun & Games
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Tower Knives Osaka ©
Tower Knives Osaka
Dotombori ©
Dotombori
Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shoshazan Engyoji, Shoshazan Ropeway and Himeji Castle. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Himeji Castle, then make a trip to Shoshazan Ropeway, and then make a trip to Shoshazan Engyoji.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Himeji driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Himeji takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Himeji, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 7°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Okayama.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Shoshazan Ropeway
Shoshazan Ropeway
Shoshazan Engyoji ©
Shoshazan Engyoji

2
nights
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Naoshima, Okayama Castle and Okayama Korakuen Garden. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, examine the collection at Japanese Rural Toy Museum, look for gifts at Jizake no Izutsuya, then explore the historical opulence of Okayama Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden, and finally browse the different shops at Okayama Ichi Ban Gai. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Naoshima.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Okayama driving holiday planner.

Take a train from Himeji to Okayama in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Himeji in March, expect little chillier with lows of 3°C in Okayama. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Naoshima
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Naoshima ©
Naoshima
Okayama Ichi Ban Gai ©
Okayama Ichi Ban Gai
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter ©
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

2
nights
Takamatsu

Takamatsu ©
A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
Teshima Art Museum has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Teshima Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): don't miss a visit to Takamatsu Marugamemachi Shopping Street.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Takamatsu online road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Okayama to Takamatsu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. March in Takamatsu sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Matsuyama.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Museums

Side Trip

Teshima Art Museum
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 1:
Highlights from your plan
Teshima Art Museum ©
Teshima Art Museum

2
nights
Matsuyama

Matsuyama ©
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
Ozu Houses Of The Meiji has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Russian Cemetery, examine the collection at Seki Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Meikyokan. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Ozu Houses Of The Meiji, then make a trip to Ohanahan Street, then examine the collection at Ozu Akarengakan, and finally stop by Karari Fresh Park Michi-no-Eki.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Matsuyama online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Takamatsu to Matsuyama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Matsuyama sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Fri) before leaving for Hiroshima.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Ozu, Karari Fresh Park Michi-no-Eki
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Seki Museum ©
Seki Museum
Russian Cemetery ©
Russian Cemetery
Ozu Akarengakan ©
Ozu Akarengakan

1
night
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then examine the collection at Honkawa Peace Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Matsuyama to Hiroshima in 3.5 hours. April in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Sat) before leaving for Onomichi.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

2
nights
Onomichi

Onomichi
A port city next to the inland sea, Onomichi maintains a small-town feel and a domestic reputation for well-preserved landmarks, quiet streets, and traditions.
For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Onomichi trip planning website.

Onomichi is just a stone's throw from Hiroshima. In April, daily temperatures in Onomichi can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Mon) before leaving for Kyoto.

Things to do in Onomichi

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 6:

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sawai Shoyu Honten, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Kinkaku-ji, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): stroll around Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, then contemplate the long history of Kyoto Imperial Palace, then contemplate the long history of Sawai Shoyu Honten, and finally examine the collection at Kyoto Railway Museum. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Kiyamachi Street, then get to know the fascinating history of Gion Shirakawa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji, and finally steep yourself in history at Yasakanoto.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kyoto journey planner.

You can take a train from Onomichi to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April in Kyoto, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden ©
Kyoto Gyoen National Garden
Yasakanoto ©
Yasakanoto
Keage Incline ©
Keage Incline

3
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Yushukan, Cat Cafe Calico Shinjuku, teamLab Borderless, and other attractions. Explore hidden gems such as Hozomon and Fire Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip planner.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In April in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Hozomon ©
Hozomon
Fire Museum ©
Fire Museum
teamLab Borderless ©
teamLab Borderless

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