24 days in Japan Itinerary

24 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan vacation planner

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Ferry to Cozumel, Fly to Tokyo Narita
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hakone-machi
— 2 nights
Bus to Odawara, Train to Kanazawa
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Train
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Himeji
— 1 night
Train
5
Hiroshima
— 2 nights
Train
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Kobe
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Osaka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Kyoto
— 4 nights
Train to Tokyo Narita, Fly to Cancun

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Tokyo

— 3 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. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, wander the streets of Odaiba District, ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and walk around Ueno Park.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tokyo attractions planner.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Tokyo is an approximately 19-hour combination of ferry and flight. Traveling from Playa del Carmen to Tokyo, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Playa del Carmen in April, with highs in Tokyo at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 12 — 15:

Hakone-machi

— 2 nights
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
On the 16th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Narukawa Art Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ashi (Ashinoko), then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally revel in the low prices at Gotemba Premium Outlets. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Owaku-dani Valley, take some stellar pictures from Hakone Ropeway, walk around Gora Park, then explore the world behind art at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, and finally boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi route planning site.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Hakone-machi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Tokyo in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Hakone-machi, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, take in panoramic vistas at Kenrokuen Yamazakiyama, then don't miss a visit to Seisonkaku Villa, then don't miss a visit to Kenrokuen no Yukizuri, and finally walk around Kenrokuen Garden. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Ishikawa Jumoku Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ninja Temple, steep yourself in history at Nomura Family Samurai House, then wander the streets of Nagamachi Neighborhood, then make a trip to Neagarimatsu, and finally don't miss a visit to Omicho Market.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kanazawa trip site.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Hakone-machi to Kanazawa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive; or fly. Traveling from Hakone-machi in April, expect nights in Kanazawa to be little chillier, around 8°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 17 — 19:

Himeji

— 1 night
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 20th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Engyoji, don't miss a visit to Shoshazan Ropeway, admire the masterpieces at Himeji CityMuseum of Art, then explore the historical opulence of Himeji Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and finally make a trip to Otemae Street.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Himeji travel itinerary planner.

Take a train from Kanazawa to Himeji in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Himeji when traveling from Kanazawa in April, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 20:

Hiroshima

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, 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. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Itsukushima Shrine and then step off the mainland to explore Miyajima.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online travel planner.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Hiroshima takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Kobe.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 20 — 22:

Kobe

— 2 nights
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ikuta Shrine, take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown), make a trip to Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street, get answers to all your questions at Awaji Highway Oasis, then take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, and finally stroll around Meriken Park. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Shukugawa Park, see the interesting displays at Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Kobe Oji Zoo, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens, and finally deepen your understanding at Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kobe travel website.

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kobe in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Kobe are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 22 — 24:

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: Koya-cho (Hanasaka Fudoson, Kongobu-ji Temple, &more) and Gyoja no Taki (in Izumisano). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan, wander the streets of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Osaka tour builder app.

You can drive from Kobe to Osaka in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Osaka are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 24 — 28:

Nara

— 2 nights

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Manyo Botanical Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, walk around Nara Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, and finally pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Yoshikien, take in nature's colorful creations at Isuien Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Nara National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple 5 Stories Pagoda, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Miwa.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Nara trip maker website.

Drive from Osaka to Nara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 28 — 30:

Kyoto

— 4 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: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Philosopher's Walk, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kinkaku-ji.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Nara in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kyoto, with lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 4:

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.