19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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Start: Montreal, Quebec
Fly + Train:  16 h 30 min
1
Tokyo
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Nagano
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
3
Nagoya
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
4
Kyoto
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
6
Yokohama
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
7
Tokyo
— 6 nights
End: Tokyo

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Fuji Sengen Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senso-ji Temple, and finally take a stroll through Yanaka.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tokyo road trip planning website.

Montreal, Canada to Tokyo is an approximately 16- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Montreal to Tokyo, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, Tokyo is a bit warmer than Montreal - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Nagano.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors
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Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine
Ueno ©
Ueno
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple

2
nights
Nagano

Nagano ©
Near the confluence of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, Nagano combines historic sites with nearby forested alps dotted with shrines.
On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Togakushi Jinja Hokosha, then look for gifts at Yawataya Isogoro Honten, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenkoji Sesonin Shakado Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenko-ji Temple.

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Traveling by train from Tokyo to Nagano takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in September, expect Nagano to be slightly colder, temps between 28°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Nagano

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Shigakogen Plateau, Kaminaridaki Falls
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Shigakogen Plateau ©
Shigakogen Plateau
Togakushi Jinja Hokosha ©
Togakushi Jinja Hokosha
Saiho-ji Temple ©
Saiho-ji Temple

2
nights
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
On the 6th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Nagoya Castle, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, then shop like a local with Sakae, then don't miss a visit to Osu Shopping Street, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Atsuta Jingu Shrine.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nagoya tour planning website.

You can take a train from Nagano to Nagoya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nagoya when traveling from Nagano in September, with lows around 24°C. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Tajimi
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Atsuta Jingu Shrine ©
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take a stroll through Gion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): stop by Ippodo Tea Kyoto, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shinnyodo Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki), and finally wander the streets of Pontocho.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nagoya in September, you will find days in Kyoto are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple
Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki) ©
Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki)

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take a stroll through Dotombori. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at Mint Museum, then look for gifts at Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

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

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. September in Osaka sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yokohama.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Dotombori ©
Dotombori
Mint Museum ©
Mint Museum
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum ©
Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum

2
nights
Yokohama

Yokohama
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Sankeien Gardens and then wander the streets of Yokohama Chinatown. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), steep yourself in history at Kencho-ji Temple, then make a trip to Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, then see the interesting displays at Japan Coast Guard Museum Yokohama, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Kishamichi Promenade.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yokohama trip itinerary tool.

Take a train from Osaka to Yokohama in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Yokohama can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Fri) before leaving for Tokyo.

Things to do in Yokohama

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kamakura
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Kencho-ji Temple
Kencho-ji Temple
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 ©
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21
Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple) ©
Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple)

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nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Museum-lovers will appreciate Nezu Museum and Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum. Shop till you drop at Shimokitazawa and Ikspiari. Venture out of the city with trips to Mitsumine Shrine (in Chichibu), Kombukuro Pond Natural History Park (in Kashiwa) and Saitama (The Railway Museum & Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine). See even more of Tokyo: don't miss a visit to Nezu Shrine, explore the engaging exhibits at KidZania Tokyo, get engrossed in the history at Kanda Myojin, and take a stroll through Odaiba.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tokyo road trip planning website.

Getting from Yokohama to Tokyo by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Saitama, Naritasan Omote Sando, Ikspiari, Katori Jingu Shrine, Jindai-ji Temple
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Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum ©
Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
Hozomon ©
Hozomon

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