19 days in Japan Itinerary

19 days in Japan Itinerary

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Tokyo
— 3 nights
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Hakone-machi
— 1 night
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Shirakawa-cho
— 1 night
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Takayama
— 1 night
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Shirakawa-mura
— 2 nights
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Kanazawa
— 1 night
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nara
— 1 night
Train to Namba(Subway), Train to Hiroshima
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Hiroshima
— 1 night
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Himeji
— 1 night
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Osaka
— 2 nights
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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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, wander the streets of Odaiba District, and relax and rejuvenate at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo vacation tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tokyo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 8 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in October; daily highs in Tokyo reach 26°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hakone-machi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 5:

Hakone-machi

— 1 night
Sitting at the foot of Mount Fuji, Hakone-machi has become a popular retreat from Tokyo for locals and tourists alike.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at The Hakone Open-Air Museum and then make a splash at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hakone-machi trip itinerary website.

Drive from Tokyo to Hakone-machi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in October, you will find days in Hakone-machi are little chillier (19°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Shirakawa-cho.

Things to do in Hakone-machi

Spas · Theme Parks · Baths · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 6:

Shirakawa-cho

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): explore the stunning scenery at Hisuikyo Oketsugun, take in breathtaking views at Hisuikyo, take in breathtaking views at Hisuikyo, then examine the collection at The Oldest Rock Museum In Japan, and finally take some stellar pictures from Sakaori Tanada.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Shirakawa-cho trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Hakone-machi to Shirakawa-cho takes 4.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hakone-machi in October: highs in Shirakawa-cho hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Takayama.

Things to do in Shirakawa-cho

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 7:

Takayama

— 1 night
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Hida Takayama Museum of Art, get a new perspective on nature at Hida Minzoka Mura Folk Village (Hida no Sato), admire the striking features of Takayama Jinya, visit Sanmachi Suji, then admire the masterpieces at Furui Machinami Museum Kiyoshi Yamashita Gengaten, and finally awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Takayama visit planning app.

Getting from Shirakawa-cho to Takayama by car takes about 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Takayama are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 8:

Shirakawa-mura

— 2 nights
Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take a stroll through Ogimachi, then contemplate the long history of Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, then contemplate the long history of Nagase house, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses. On your second day here, soak in some Japanese tradition at Oshirakawa Onsen Shiramizu no Yu, contemplate the long history of Kanda house, contemplate the long history of Wada House, snap pictures at Deai Bridge, then get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, and finally steep yourself in history at Myozenji Temple.

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Drive from Takayama to Shirakawa-mura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas · Baths
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 10:

Kanazawa

— 1 night
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 11th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Kanazawa Castle, admire the natural beauty at Kenrokuen Garden, explore the activities along Kenrokuen Kasumiga-ike Pond, take a stroll through Higashichaya Old Town, then make a trip to Omicho Market, and finally admire the striking features of Kanazawa Station.

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You can drive from Shirakawa-mura to Kanazawa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. October in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 11:

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.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stop by Arashiyama, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanjusangendo Temple.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner.

Getting from Kanazawa to Kyoto by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. October in Kyoto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nara.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 14:

Nara

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): learn the secrets of beer at Japan Tour Adventure in Nara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kofuku-ji Temple, then pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Harushika Brewery, and finally walk around Nara Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nara journey website.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October in Nara, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Nara

Wildlife · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 15:

Hiroshima

— 1 night

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 16th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Nara to Hiroshima takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Hiroshima are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Himeji.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 16:

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 17th (Sun): sample the tasty concoctions at Nadagiku Shuzo Sake Brewery, admire the natural beauty at Koko-en, and then steep yourself in history at Himeji Castle.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Himeji trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Hiroshima to Himeji by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Himeji

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 17:

Osaka

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Hankyu Umeda Honten. Keep things going the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, steep yourself in history at Osaka Castle, and then take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Himeji to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Himeji in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Osaka, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 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.